Home Affairs Committee report on doping in drinks
The report follows calls from the NTIA in October 2021 for a beverage doping investigation, following a spate of incidents in September 2021, with a lack of readily available data cited as having made it difficult to obtaining a clear picture of the true extent of events. .
NTIA CEO Michael Kill said: “I thank the Home Affairs Committee for their important work on this cutting-edge investigation, which has produced a series of recommendations that the Home Office must now continue to deliver in order to that we can collectively fight against these heinous crimes within society.
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“The report’s key recommendations will be key to reducing spikes and ensuring everyone can enjoy a night out without fear of becoming a victim of crime.”
“We are also encouraged to see the Home Office reviewing the categorization of the drug GHB.”
It comes after a December 2021 poll, conducted by the committee, found that one in nine women and one in 17 men in the UK said they had been victims of the act, while one in three women and one in five men knew someone who had suffered from alcohol spikes.
One of the ways the NTIA suggested drink doping could be addressed was by hiring more door staff.
Kill added: “One thing we have consistently emphasized is the role the shortage of gate staff is playing in the crisis.
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“We would be grateful for more commitment from the Home Office on the recruitment of gate staff, in particular the recruitment of more women, who currently make up only 10% of staff, which we believe would help to solve some of the problems highlighted by the Committee. ”
The NTIA also said it agreed with the report saying the Department of the Interior should amend the law to include a specific doping offense as well as supporting calls for police to provide to those who reported spiking forensic tests, after the Committee commented some victims felt rejected by site staff.
Kill said: “We note the Committee’s comments regarding some victims who feel they have been treated with disdain by site staff, we are clear that this is untrue and we stand ready to work with the government to improve people’s experience when reporting these crimes.”