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Drug-rape cases rare in A&E

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Most A&E patients claiming to have had a drink ‘spiked’ with sedatives do not test positive for drug misuse, according to UK researchers.

Researchers assessed all patients presenting at Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s emergency department with alleged drink spiking over 12 months, starting in October 2005.

A total of 75 patients were identified. Of 42 urine samples taken, eight tested positive for drug misuse but none for GHB or rohypnol.They also took 34 blood samples, of which 94% tested positive for alcohol.

Emergency Medical Journal (2007) 24: 89-91

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