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Former art student who had to use a cane and lost the use of her hand for weeks after believing she had been doped said she still felt vulnerable when stepping out, five years after the incident presumed.

Polly Sutherland, who was studying at Lancaster University, was 19 when her friends noticed her behaving in unusual ways at a party at the university’s student club, the Sugarhouse, in December 2016.

Speaking amid a sharp rise in peak cases across the UK, the 24-year-old, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, said being on drugs destabilized her blood sugar levels, which which can be potentially fatal for people with the disease. It also affected his mobility and the use of his drawing hand.

She doesn’t remember anything suspicious, she said, but when her friends noticed that she was behaving erratically, they took her home. The next morning, she woke up with “body weakness and muscle twitching in my arms, my legs, really all over the place.”

“It’s scary to think of what could have happened. I’m lucky to have a lot of friends around me who brought me home when they noticed something was wrong, so I’m very grateful for that as I don’t know in what purpose this person came out. she told PA Media.

“It made me feel very vulnerable. Even now, when I go out at night, I’m very careful with it now, and it’s in my head all the time. “

She said doctors and the students’ union did not take her complaints about the incident seriously.

“When I went to [my GP] they weren’t very helpful, ”she said. “I remember being very disappointed, because I went to see them and said, ‘From what’s going on, I think I’ve been doped.

“They almost raised their eyebrows, almost accusing me of doing drugs, and I was trying to get out of it somehow or make excuses. I felt very disappointed with the doctors at that time.

She said she reported the incident to the union, but did not receive an adequate response.

Unable to paint or draw after the alleged incident, she had to seek time extensions during the final year of her art degree.

Now a sophomore political student at Keele University, Sutherland joined the Girls Night In movement, which organized a nationwide boycott of nightclubs on Wednesday night, but she said she didn’t like it to happen. always bear the responsibility for women.

“I think it’s up to us that we’re the ones to stay because it’s happening – it’s our responsibility to make sure we’re not drugged, instead of telling people not to bite people.”

She said clubs should use CCTV and scan ID cards rather than just checking them to keep track of who was each night.

A spokesperson for the Lancaster University students ‘union said:’ We have thoroughly investigated our cases for this period and cannot find any reports of this incident. If the relevant student contacts us with further information, we will of course investigate the matter. All other incident reports at that time were fully investigated and appropriate action taken.

“Anyone found peaking would be reported to the police, reported to the deanery of the university and banned from the Sugarhouse for life.” All peak victims receive immediate first aid from dedicated welfare staff and transported to hospital if needed or requested. ”

Lancaster University said: “We are proud that Lancaster is a safe place to study and are upset to learn that one of our students has been assaulted in this way. The Sugarhouse is owned and operated by the Lancaster University Students Union, and we cannot comment on individual incidents.

“However, if any of our students have any safety concerns regarding spikes or any other type of assault, we strongly encourage them to report it to the university and we have created a range of ways to allow our students to do so. We also encourage students to report such incidents to the police. “

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