Check Your Drink

Founder Katie Burrington started Check Your Drink (CYD) in 2014. The UK was experiencing a growing problem of drink spiking and Katie was concerned for her children.

Husband and criminal lawyer Richard Burrington was finding an increasing number of spiking incidents appearing on his desk. He 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, with commitment and determination, she succeeded in creating the CYD drug test.

The CYD test took 4 years of development. Katie worked with a private laboratory and both Strathclyde Universitity and University College London. The easy to use drug detection strip checks for both Ketamine and GHB. These are the two most widely used drink spiking drugs. Each test has been analyzed against a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to check for false positives.

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University of Bath research revealed that 76% of people knew somebody who had experienced their drink being spiked. And it’s not just women who are the victims. An Essex Police survey indicated that 11% of drink spiking victims are men.

In 2014 Katie launched the test. Individuals, police and universities all across the UK are now using the test. Some of these include:

  • Derbyshire Police
  • Humberside Police
  • Kent University
  • Swansea University
  • Durham University
  • Newcastle University

In 2013 Clinical Trials Laboratory Services and Homerton University Hospital undertook the successful clinical trials. All tests and procedures were performed according to the Standard Operating Procedures of Clinical Trials Laboratory Services Limited (CTLS).


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