about us

why cYD was started

Founder Katie Burrington started Check Your Drink (CYD) in 2014 because of the growing problem of drink spiking and concern for her children.

Husband and criminal lawyer Richard Burrington was finding an increasing number of spiking incidents appearing on his desk, and encouraged Katie to create a spiking test.

As a parent, Katie was so concerned at the potential dangers of drink spiking for her children that she decided to develop the CYD drug test.

The test was launched in 2014 and is now used across the UK by households and police and universities, including: Derbyshire Police, Humberside Police, Kent University, Swansea University, Durham University and Newcastle University.

*Source: NPCC

Drink spiking is on the rise, making people more vulnerable to sexual assault, robbery and other crimes. With almost 200 drink spiking incidents reported to police forces across the UK throughout September and October* people are looking for ways to protect themselves against this new epidemic.

More recent and alarming reports suggest that some individuals may even be spiking drinks for their own amusement – potentially targeting many more people in this dangerous activity.

“Many bars, nightclubs and student bodies have been looking for effective ways to protect their customers and members against the recent wave of drink spiking and have chosen to stock CYD drug tests in their quest to fight back.”

Katie Burrington

Katie is a sales professional with 30 years of experience, having held commercial positions in lifestyle/health publications and subsequently in the legal media publishing sector.

CYD partnership with AET charity

CYD has now partnered with The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) to support 11- 25 year olds across the UK to stay safe around alcohol and drugs in settings such as Schools, Colleges, Universities, youth and sports clubs.

Working to eliminate drink spiking forms a crucial part of their work across the UK, and we are thrilled at CYD to help the long established charity raise awareness, prepare young people for the night time economy and support them in making safer choices.

Charity number 1186202 Scotland charity number SCO50360.

To learn more visit www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.life-stuff.org.

how the test was developed

The CYD test took 4 years of development, working with a private laboratory and UK universities Strathclyde and UCL.

The easy to use drug detection strip tests for both Ketamine and GHB, the two most widely used drink spiking drugs.

Each test has been tested against a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to check for false positives.

Clinical trials were carried out by the Clinical Trials Laboratory Services and Homerton University Hospital in 2013.

All tests and procedures were performed according to the Standard Operating Procedures of Clinical Trials Laboratory Services Limited (CTLS).

If you would like to recive a copy of the Clinical Trials Report simply Contact Us today and we will post a copy to you.

I was so thankful

I used a test strip in a pub in Hereford and one of the patches changed colour. I had suspected a man had spiked my drink so I was so thankful I tested my drink before drinking it.

Joe D

Purchaser

Gratefully received

Just thought you’d like to know that we continue to hand out CYD strips on our Street Pastor patrols in Harlow and they are being gratefully received. More importantly the other night, a young woman told us that when she came back from the loo, a man she didn’t know was hovering around her drink and trying to encourage her to continue drinking. When she tested her drink with the CYD strip we had given her on a previous week, it proved positive.  We are so grateful that she has potentially avoided a serious assault.

Owen Jenkins, Street Pastor Patrols, Harlow

Manager

CYD testing kits have assisted our work

In our work to target those who are committing offences in Humberside, CYD testing kits have assisted our work with licensed premises in increasing the confidence of those enjoying our night time economies. The reassurance that drinks can be immediately tested has helped to increase feelings of public safety and has been an active deterrent to those who are intent on causing harm to others.

Susanne Longley

Humberside Police Licensing Department

Complete peace of mind

This product gave me complete peace of mind as I’ve read so many horror stories about drink spiking. I used one of the tests and the results were negative so I was able to relax.

Amanda F

Purchaser

She feels safer

I bought 10 packs of CYD for my niece who is going to University. She has told me that she feels safer when out and about drinking. All students should have this pack with them when out and about!

Karen F

Purchaser

Excellent product

Excellent product which is in great demand with our Retail store that we supply.

Mohammed Zafir, Premcrest

Director

A massive thank you

Hi there, a massive thank you, a girl bought a drink to the bar saying she thought someone had put something in it, we tested and came back positive, male detained and arrested, sadly the girl is in hospital, albeit hopefully released tomorrow. Without the test kit, this guy would probably be back out next week doing it all again. Thank you.

Andy, Warrington Bars

Manager

I feel so much happier

I bought these for my 19 year old daughter and I feel so much happier knowing she has something to test her drink with when she goes to University.

Lisa M.

Purchaser

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Some of the news coverage on drink spiking

The Guardian reports on Priti Patel urging a review of date-rape drugs after the Reynhard Sinaga case.

The East Anglian Daily Times report on a surge in the number of spiking cases in Suffolk.

The Metro reported on the fashion retailer ISawItFirst.com who started a campaign in March called #StoptheSpike, giving away 8000 free CYD test packs to its customers.

The Eastern Daily Press reports on a woman who collapsed outside a bar after being spiked.

The Crewe Chronicle reports on Police investigate alleged drink spiking incidents.

ITV News report four collapse following suspected drink spiking spate.

The Mail Online reports: The night a rapist spiked my student daughter’s drink: As a new university term looms, a parent’s very cautionary tale.

Gillingham man Tadas Rasciauskas jailed for spiking woman’s drink at The Source bar in Maidstone

The Guardian reports Italian policeman ‘used Couchsurfing website to drug and assault travellers’.

what to do?

What should I do if I think my drink has been spiked?

test it

Whatever you do, do not ignore your situation because you feel embarrassed. If you are still able, test your drink with the Check your Drink drink spiking test.

These strips analyze your drinks and give a clear indication if it has been spiked with GHB or Ketamine.

Both the GHB test and the Ketamine test have been developed and validated for the detection of these drugs by two independent bodies; a private laboratory and a University. Each test has been tested against a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to check for false positives.

If you can, try and keep your drink with you. This could be used as evidence by the police.

get help

Tell someone you completely trust, such as:
-A trusted friend or relative
-A pub landlord/ landlady or a pub or bar manager
-Security staff
-A medical professional
-The police

If you’re not with anyone, call someone you trust and get to a safe place. Ask to use a phone if yours has been stolen. Be wary of accepting help from a stranger and don’t leave with someone you don’t know.

The following number and link are for the UK. If you are in another country, please refer to the equivalent information for that country.

If you need urgent help, call 999. Otherwise, someone you trust should take you to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department. Tell the medical staff that you think your drink has been spiked. Arrange for a trusted friend or relative to take you home and stay with you until the drugs have fully left your system.

report it

Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken (the date rape drug GHB leaves the body within 12 hours), so it’s important to be tested as soon as possible.

If you are abroad, get help from a travel representative, local medical services or ask a bar or hotel manager to call local police. You can also find contact details for the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate on GOV.UK.

BE SAFE – CARRY CYD®

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