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Harris calls for campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has called for a campaign to be launched that raises awareness around spiking among young people.

While speaking to reporters, Harris said that he spoke to the Union of Students in Ireland yesterday about the issue, saying that “It is a major worry for students”.

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It was noted that women were particularly at risk of being spiked but Harris said that everyone is at risk of the “traditional fashion” by a person’s drink being spiked.

Harris also emphasised the growing phenomenon of being spiked by a needle with the UK starting to see certain cases associated with this practice emerging.

However, Ireland is also beginning to see this form of spiking taking place. Harris will be meeting with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee about the issue in the coming days.

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The awareness campaign for students is likely to be launched in the next couple of weeks.

IMAGE – Twitter/SimonHarrisTD

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