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First Aid: (See also Bad Trips)
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drugs can make people very drowsy. Others can lead to people being very tense
people who have got into problems on drugs are only alive today because their
is some basic First Aid information:
If a person is tense and panicky:
tends to occur with hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms but it
Calm them down and reassure them. Talk to them quietly and explain that the
Keep them away from loud noises and bright lights.
Help them if they over breathe - hyperventilate. When someone breathes very
a person has faint or loses consciousness:
happens mainly with downer drugs like alcohol, heroin and tranquillisers but is
react badly or overheat on amphetamine or ecstasy.
it happens take the following steps:
Put the person in the recovery position.
Loosen any tight clothing that might restrict their breathing.
Keep them warm by use of blankets or a coat - but not too warm. This does not
Check their breathing. If they are not breathing be prepared to do mouth to
Call an ambulance as soon as possible. Explain to the ambulance crew what has
If a person overheats or dehydrates:
tends to happen with drugs like amphetamine and ecstasy when people really exert
warning signs include:
Cramps in legs, arms and back.
Failure to sweat.
Headaches and dizziness, vomiting.
Suddenly feeling very tired.
Feeling like urinating but not doing so when you go.
can be prevented by:
Not dancing for long periods at a time.
Taking regular rests and relaxing in a cool area.
Drinking water, fruit juice or a sports drink at no more than about the rate of
half a litre or pint
Be careful of drinking too much water, this too can cause major problems, and
Drinking or eating something that keeps the salt levels in the body up. Salty
Wearing cool clothes and not wearing hats - hats keep heat in.
The Recovery Position:
someone is overheating:
Move the person to a cool area - possibly outside.
Splash them with cold water to cool them down.
Remove unnecessary clothing and fan them.
Call an ambulance.
Explain to the ambulance crew, or anyone one else taking over, what has happened
If a person has an epileptic seizure: See the Epilepsy chapter for more
Ask if there is a person with medical or first aid experiance:
no person with first aid experiance call ambulance .