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S5W-19492: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 19 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that cases of drink-spiking have doubled in three years, what it is doing to tackle such activity, including what discussions it has with Police Scotland; whether it will publish details of the discussions, and what its position is on implementing a national anti-drinks spiking strategy.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 November 2018

The spiking of a drink, for whatever means, is a cowardly and dangerous act.

The Scottish Government work closely with a number of key partners including Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), Crimestoppers and Police Scotland to promote and share messages on how to keep safe.

Examples include the Best Bar None Scotland ‘Good Night Out” campaign, Crimestoppers 7 tips for a good night out, previous seasonal safety messages and the supply of anti-drink spiking devices for bottles available to venues on request.

The Scottish Government is aware of the ongoing campaign from Girls Against Spiking who are working with the University of Strathclyde to provide anti drink devices for cups and glasses, and we are engaged with the SBRC and Police Scotland regard this campaign.