A student who was spiked during a night out says she was left unable to walk properly – but claims doctors accused her of taking drugs after she reported the incident.
Polly Sutherland, 24, said she was left needing a walking stick for around a month after she was spiked at her student union at Lancaster University.
The student, who has type 1 diabetes, said the drug had a severe impact on her blood sugar levels which left her needing support with her movements.
But she says that she was "let down" by both her university and her GP after reporting the drink spiking, reports The Sun.
It comes as dozens of young women have reported being spiked across the country in recent weeks, prompting a wave of police investigations.
Ms Sutherland said that her friends had noticed she was behaving strangely after she was unknowingly drugged at The Sugarhouse in Lancaster, Lancashire, in December 2016.
She said: "So they took me home, I went to bed, but when I woke up in the morning I had a lot of bodily weakness and twitches in my arms, legs, all over really."
The graduate from Staffordshire said she was forced to apply for deadline extensions in the last year of her art degree as she couldn't paint or draw following the incident.
She went on to say that she was "really disappointed" by the response she received from her doctors.
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"They almost raised their eyebrows, almost accusing me of taking drugs and I was trying to get out of it somehow or making excuses," she said.
But the student says that she still feels "very vulnerable", five years on from the incident.
"Even now, when I go on nights out I'm very cautious of it now and it's in the back of my mind all the time," she added.
It has been reported that another 198 confirmed reports of drink spiking were recorded by authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Ms Sutherland said she has since joined the Girls Night In movement, which sees students snub nightclubs following the string of spiking incidents.
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In a statement, Lancaster University said: "We pride ourselves on Lancaster being a safe place to study and are distressed to hear about any of our students being assaulted in this way.
"The Sugarhouse is owned and managed by Lancaster University Students' Union, and we cannot comment on individual incidents.
"However, if any of our students have safety concerns in relation to spiking, or any other kind of assaults, then we would strongly encourage them to report them to the university and we have created a range of ways to enable our students to do so.
"We would also encourage students to report any such incidents to the police."
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