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Student became so ill she thought she was dying after friend spikes drink 'for a laugh'

A student says she had her drink spiked on a night out by a friend - who later admitted she thought it would a 'laugh'.

Gillian Reilly, 29, went to her student's union bar at Queen Margaret's University in Edinburgh for her end of year night out.

Having studied drama for three years she was excited to spend the evening saying farewell to who she thought was one of her close pals.

But during the night she noticed she was feeling strange and she felt "like my insides were getting pulled out".

Gillian was then sick for "weeks and weeks" but it wasn't until later that a friend helped her get to the bottom of what happened.

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The student said she thought she was going to die (Gillian Reilly / SWNS)

She informed her that one of their other friends had spiked her at the bar and "thought it would be a laugh to put something in her drink".

Gillian said: "We always had an end of year celebration at university, and I went with all of my friends I had known for a while.

"I was in my final year so it was going to be goodbye for a lot of us.

"I was drinking anything that was handed to me, and was having a really good time, but soon I started to feel weird.

"When I got back to my flat I felt really weird, it wasn't how being drunk usually feels.

"I started to feel really dizzy at first - but then I got these sharp pains in my stomach, and I started to feel violently sick.

"The day after was when I knew something was really wrong - it felt like my insides were getting pulled out, I was sick for weeks and weeks.

"I felt so unwell I honestly thought I was going to die.

"It's scary to think that it's not just strangers you need to look out for. Sometimes, it's people you know."

The ordeal happened in 2016 but she has only recently been able to address it and speak out.

She said "I felt really betrayed, you feel like you can trust people and it just made me doubt who I can trust.

"At the time I didn't tell anyone because I had been attacked physically before and nobody believed me.

Drink spikings have been on the rise in the UK (Getty Images)

"They even said that I'd hurt myself rather than believing it was my attacker - so I've been really wary of coming forward since."

Ms Reilly has now begun studying Adult Nursing at Sterling University and says her past experiences still haunt her.

"It's made me wary of going out and going to clubs," she said.

"I was really cautious in freshers week and I'm very careful about who I go out with.

"Even now though, there needs to be so much more security to help people on nights out.

"There's drunk, vulnerable people walking around campus, where's security making sure they get home okay?"

Spiking's at universities in the UK reached dangerous levels last year, with reports of needles being used to spike people coming to light.

Gillian said: "Starting university is supposed to be exciting - you don't want to have to think about these things happening.

"You're meeting lots of new people and you want to think these people could be friends, but it's not necessarily the case.

"You may meet people who do this to harm you, or in my case, people who think it's funny to spike people."