Two friends who ended up in hospital after a night out believe they were the victims of a spiking incident.
Ellie Emsley, 22, was preparing to head home from a night out when her 22-year-old pal started to act strangely.
She then began foaming at the mouth.
After rushing her to hospital, nurses were helping her friend inside when Ellie also started to have a fit, leaving both in hospital overnight..
Tests later revealed they had likely been drugged, the women claim, and Ellie found a puncture wound on her back.
Sales assistant Ellie and her friend, both from Easingwold, North Yorkshire, said they didn't feel or see anyone spike them.
Ellie said: "This has really frightened me.
"We were already anxious about going out because of the rise in spiking incidents. We were more careful than ever. We agreed not to leave our drinks unattended and to stay together all the time.
"I haven't been able to go out since, and I'd usually go often.
"I have no plans to go out again until the bars or police do something more about this."
She continued: "Girls and women shouldn't have to feel this way.
"We already have enough to worry about when we're out and now we can't even enjoy a night out with our friends.
"Being a young woman is hard when there are constantly stories of women going missing and other awful scenarios.
"It frightens me and something needs to change to stop these situations from happening."
The best pals were out in York when they believe they were spiked.Five hours and three bottles of prosecco later Ellie's usually kind-hearted friend turned aggressive.
She told how her pal started shouting, pulling at her hair and throwing things, wandering off before Ellie's mum picked them both up at 1am.
In the car her friend stopped responding, her lips were smacking and she was foaming at the mouth, so they went to hospital.
Ellie started to fit as nurses were carrying her best friend inside, and woke next morning to find herself on a hospital bed.
She said blood tests revealed higher levels of substances in their bloods which are produced as a reaction to illegal drugs.
She said she knew something wasn’t right when her friend started being aggressive saying: "It’s extremely unusual for her to be that way, she’s always the one to look after everyone.
"It was odd as well because we'd drunk less than we usually would.
"I was in shock in the car, then I had a panic attack when she fitted, and then I don't remember anything until morning.
"In the hospital we were both on drips and had loads of blood tests. The doctors said there were numerous substances in our systems as well as the alcohol we’d drunk and they thought we’d been spiked."
Ellie said her friend had to be sedated when she came out of the fit because she was hallucinating.
The girls left hospital early the next morning, but hours later Ellie had another seizure and her mum took her back to hospital, where she was given an injection to bring her round.
In the bath later that night Ellie found a puncture wound on her back.
"I never thought it would happen in the bars we go to," she said.
"It needs to become safer to be a woman. It really doesn't need to be this way."
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