It couldn?t happen to me ...says latest drink-spike victim
By TAMARA KEMP
"I NEVER thought it could happen to me,'' were the words spoken by a 20-year-old Yeppoon woman who believed her drink was spiked at a Yeppon nightspot on the weekend.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, was taken to Yeppoon Hospital after midnight on Saturday, where she stayed overnight with a drip in her arm as hospital staff struggled to control her erratic heart rate.
About 21/2 hours later Rockhampton ambulance officers said a second woman, 19, was taken to Yeppoon Hospital at 2.23am with breathing difficulties after a separate drink spiking incident at another Yeppoon nightspot.
The 20-year-old told The Morning Bulletin yesterday the incident had put her off going out.
She said she had consumed eight drinks in six hours. "One minute I was fine and then the next minute I've fallen forwards, off my stool and on to the floor,'' she said.
"I felt scared, upset and embarrassed.''
Her mother, whose name has also been withheld, said she was asked by friends if her daughter was epileptic as she lay on the ground pale-faced and shaking.
It was not until her daughter was in the back of the ambulance that she came to after blacking out.
"My daughter is fine now but it's the emotional scarring that will take some time to mend.'' She said she was surprised that no-one in her group of friends saw anything.
"I was shocked and worried,'' she said.
"You expect to hear about things like this in the big cities, but not here (Yeppoon) where everyone knows each other.''
The mother said she was thankful her daughter was well looked after by friends and hospital staff.
She said they were waiting on tests to find out what happened.
"She's not a silly young person, she doesn't go out very much at all,'' she said.
Yeppoon police Sergeant Doug Imhoff said police were investigating the two incidents.
"It only takes a second and unfortunately if we don't hear about it, then we are unaware of how serious it is,'' he said.
"It is important for people to be aware of what they are doing, who they are with and where their drink is at all times.''
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800?333?000 or Yeppoon police on 4939?1400.