Easter partygoers are being warned to be vigilant while socialising this Easter and Anzac long weekend, following a string of recent drink spiking incidents.

A number of people have reported drink spiking to police and bar staff in Australian capital cities during the past few weeks.

The penalties for drink spiking can include a hefty fine and up to 25 years imprisonment.

Recommended measures to help protect against drink spiking include never leave drinks unattended, buying your own drinks and know what you are drinkings, never accept drinks from anyone you don’t know and to tell someone where you are going and who with.

Many drugs have no taste, odour or visible trace and drink spiking is not limited to alcoholic beverages. Research suggests that two out of three drink spiking cases occur in licensed premises.

If you suspect your drink has been spiked, do not drive – take a cab, ask a friend for help or call an ambulance.

For further information, you can contact the NSW Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) – (02) 9361 8000/1800 422 599 in rural and regional NSW, or the Victorian based Directline on 1800 888 236.

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