Ion's Dove

Don’t get drugged: test it and tell us.

I’m not saying we go out drinking a lot, but…

Over the last few years, between all of us, we know quite a few people who’ve had their drink spiked. On a couple of occasions, it’s been very serious and unpleasant.

So, we’ve decided to see if we can do something about it. We will shortly be launching a campaign to:

Offer small state-of-the-art cards for discreetly testing your drink for drugs. These cards detect everything from Roypnol to legal drugs like Morphine. We’ll be doing this on a not-for-profit basis through this site and various physical locations, such as The Raven of Bath. As the campaign gains momentum, with locations all across Bath stocking the cards, they should become an item that everyone carries, making Bath a safer place. From there we hope that the campaign will snowball to other locations across the country.

We also need to collect data. Surprisingly, no one knows how often this is happening, and no one seems to care.  We’re going to try to find out just how real and common a problem this is, hopefully with the support of the two Bath-based Universities and as many bars, clubs, indie shops and pubs as possible.

With the number of people who get spiked and the serious dangers that come with being spiked, we think it’s important not just to raise awareness, but to give people a real way to test their drinks. The cards are small enough to fit in a phone case or wallet, and come in a little envelope for discretion (and to protect them from contamination).

Why Ion’s Dove?

Ion was a character in Greek mythology. For various reasons, his mother tried to kill him with a cup of poisoned wine. The gods sent down a dove who knocked the glass from his hand, saving him. We’ve chosen this dove as the symbol of our campaign.

Which drugs can the cards detect?

The cards can detect the presence of ALL drugs containing amines such as:

• Ketamine – also known as Special K, K or Ket. The K test can also detect the chemical amines found in most illicit substances such as:
• Cocaine
• Heroin
• Methamphetamine
• Ecstasy
• Opium
• Morphine and other illegal drugs
• Rohypnol & other Benzodiazepines including diazepam such as Valium
• GHB – gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid.

How do I use the cards?

Each card has two test squares; the K+ and benzodiazepines test square, and the GHB test square. All you need to do is dip your finger in your drink and let a drop fall on each test square. If the test is positive, you will have a result within three-five seconds. 

What should I do if the test is positive?

Do not drink your drink! Notify a member of the bar or security staff that your drink has been spiked. Ensure that you have a plan to get home safely (a taxi, a friend). If you do not, ask bar or security staff to arrange a cab home for you. Most places are more than happy to see you into a cab. Report your story to us through our data collection portal (site in progress - please email in the meantime).