Taking drugs is risky and dangerous. It’s virtually impossible to know the real content of most drugs so it‘s difficult to know how they will affect you, even if you have tried them before or trust your supplier.
If someone is having a bad reaction to drugs they may be:
over heated or dehydrated
having difficulty breathing
If someone you know has a bad reaction to drugs you should:
If you’re put in the situation when someone you know has taken drugs and has a bad reaction, call 999 for an ambulance. Act quickly, especially if the person is unconscious.
If your friend is tense and panicky then it’s important for you to reassure them that everything is going to be fine. Let them know that you are there for them and explain where you are and what is happening.
Keep them away from loud noises and bright lights.
If they are breathing too quickly, or if they are gasping for breath, they might get dizzy and this can increase panic. Try to get them to copy you as you breathe slowly and regularly.
If you’re in a club and your friend has taken Ecstasy take them to a cool place, give them plenty of water and sponge them down with cold water.
If your friend is drowsy but conscious it could be they’ve taken downer drugs, such as alcohol, tranquillisers or heroin, but it can also happen with solvents such as glue or an aerosol.
Keep them awake and alert. Do not put them to bed.
If they want a drink, give them sips of lukewarm water.
Most importantly don’t leave them on their own.
If at any stage your friend becomes unconscious call an ambulance. Explain as calmly as possible what has happened and what your friend has taken, including if any alcohol has been drunk. You won’t get into trouble for helping a friend…you may save their life.
Know the Score- The place to go for definitive information about drugs in Scotland.
Talk to Frank- You can talk to Frank to get more information on drugs or check out the website.
Youth Health Talk Online- Hear from young people who have taken drugs. Click on the heading that takes your interest, read the info or scroll down and click on the pictures of young people to watch video clips of them telling their story.