“I can’t sleep in my own bed anymore”: The invisible trauma faced by injection spiking victims

It’s the morning after Halloween and college student Mollie McCooey wakes up dazed and confused.

She’s still wearing the clothes from last night and, to her shock, her bedroom is completely upside down.

Mollie sits in bed for three hours trying to find out what happened the night before.

It wasn’t until the 22-year-old took a shower that she noticed a small, red stab wound on the back of the right arm.

Fourth year Birmingham University Schoolgirl Mollie was one of two girls supposedly spiced up with injections at the Fab ‘N’ Halloween Bash on campus the night before.



Mollie didn’t notice the stab wound until the night after the attack, she said she didn’t feel the alleged injection that night.

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The attack was two of 19 needle sticks reported to West Midlands Police in the past three months.

Devon-based Mollie says the incident where she stayed in intensive care overnight caused her ongoing psychological trauma.

In the Bramall building on the university campus – a stone’s throw from where she was riddled a week ago – Mollie tells me about her struggles.

“It’s the emotional side of things that has been the hardest to deal with,” she says. “It shook me to the core.

“I can’t sleep in my own bed right now,” she says.



For the past week, Mollie – a language student last year – has been juggling university deadlines with police statements and welfare meetings.

“Every time I close my eyes, I wake up and see the state of my room that morning. It was terrible. I have no recollection of how it happened.

“Your room is supposed to be a haven, a place where you feel safe, but the experience made me very unsafe about everything.”

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It is this element of the unknown that Mollie says is the most difficult to process.

After spending hours fainting the night of the attack, she is still unable to connect the series of blurry flashbacks that make up her memories.

“It makes me feel very insecure,” she admits.



Mollie says the tough ordeal added stress to her last year at university.

Since the attack, Mollie – a student of modern languages ​​last year – has been juggling university deadlines with police statements and welfare meetings.

She says this will add to the pressures of the already promised difficult year.

“I feel very distracted, I can’t concentrate, and I sleep poorly,” she admits. “When you look good people expect a lot more from you, but the truth is, I have trouble finding that drive to work.

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“I’m just so emotionally drained from all of this. You want to end your senior year at university on a climax so you feel the pressure to dust it off, but it’s not something that goes away overnight.

“The fact that I was peppered on campus makes it very likely that the perpetrator was a student. I could literally walk past them at any time – it’s all very annoying. “



The alleged spiking happened in the Guild of Students on the University of Birmingham campus.

For Mollie, it is this ongoing psychological trauma that is evident in the current conversations surrounding the twitching epidemic. She wants to use her experience to get this conversation going.

“I want people to see the big picture,” she said.

“People always ask me how I’m doing and if I’ve still had hospital appointments, but it’s not just that, it’s all that comes with it.”

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“Even the little things sound small, but I lost something very important to myself that night. It was a ring that has enormous sentimental value to me – I haven’t taken it off for over six years! “

“I don’t know how I lost it or where it could be.”

“Some people think that because a certain number of weeks have passed, you will be fine, but you cannot put the trauma into a timeframe.”

“It is one thing to recover from the event itself, but you don’t forget it.”

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