Executive Summary: Overview
In July 2003 the AIC was commissioned by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs, to conduct Stage One of a national project on drink spiking. Drink spiking was identified as an emerging issue for examination under the alcohol priority area identified by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy and has received considerable media attention in the last couple of years. Drink spiking is where drugs and/or alcohol are added to a drink without the consent of the person consuming it. The potential consequences of drink spiking can be severe, both physically and emotionally, depending on the type of additive used and the motivation of the perpetrator. Knowledge about drink spiking in Australia is currently very limited but suggestions that incidents of drink spiking have been increasing in recent times has resulted in a need to greatly improve the knowledge base on drink spiking.
The national drink spiking project is a major project being conducted in two stages – the first stage focuses on identifying the nature and extent of drink spiking in Australia and identifying communication and educational initiatives to prevent and respond to drink spiking. The second stage of the project will focus on improving awareness and practices of key organisations in the community that come into contact with those at risk of drink spiking. The AIC was commissioned to undertake Stage One of this project.
Commissioned by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy as a project under the cost shared funding arrangement.