What to do in an emergency

If a person collapses or is unconscious:

  • Don’t panic.
  • Check airways are not obstructed, if they are, clear them with your fingers.
  • Check the person is breathing and has a pulse.  If not perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Phone for an ambulance (111) and follow the operator’s advice.
  • If breathing, place them in the recovery position.  Stay with them until the ambulance arrives and tell the ambulance crew what has happened so the person gets the right treatment straight away.

If a person is drowsy:

  • Stay calm and try to keep them calm.
  • Give them as much fresh air as possible.
  • Place them on their side so they don’t choke if they vomit.
  • Don’t chase, scare or over-excite them, and stay with them until the effects have worn off.

When someone is ‘high’ or has recently used is not the best time to discuss their problem. Being supportive at this stage will mean they’re more likely to talk to you about it later.