Emergency Info

Guidelines on when to call the Emergency Services 999 for unwell recreational drug users

Call 999 if ANY one of the following is present:

Unconsciousness – if the patient does not respond to vocal commands, requires painful stimulus (e.g. pressure across the fingernails) to respond or does not respond at all.

Significant agitation (e.g. pacing around the room) or aggression not settling within 15 minutes.

Seizures (e.g. a convulsion similar to an epileptic fit)

Breathing difficulties such as fast breathing rate which does not settle within 15 minutes.

Heart rate over 140 beats per minute not settling within 5 minutes.

Temperature over 38.5 not settling after about 5 minutes of rest, or if very flushed and feels very hot if no thermometer is available.

Blood pressure – Systolic (“upper pressure”) over 180mmHg, or Diastolic (“lower pressure”) over 110mmHg on two repeated blood pressure measurements.

Other concerns – if there are any other concerns (e.g. severe headache, chest pain).


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The role of Community Safety Partnerships is to minimise crime and disorder linked to licensed premises and festivals and ensure that all agencies are working in partnership to ensure the safety of drug using clubbers. They make available the expertise of their staff and member organisations to further these goal.

Key Activities of Community Safety (and other Local Authority) Partnerships

The key activities of Community Safety (and other Local Authority) Partnership are:

  • Raising the issue of drug-related crime and disorder at licensed premises and festivals with all member agencies of the Community Safety Partnership, Health and Wellbeing Board and other key local authority partnerships,
  • Developing a forum on crime and disorder at pubs and clubs including concerns around drugs and alcohol, engaging with key agencies,
  • Ensuring that the work of this forum is integrated with other key partnerships including young people‚Äôs joint commissioning groups, town centre management groups etc.,
  • Encouraging the provision of drug education information at pubs, clubs and festivals. See Reducing the harm from drug use.
  • Considering the provision of outreach services including drug testing at local festivals. See Drug testing.
  • Developing mechanisms for the sharing of intelligence relating to drug dealing and drug use at pubs, clubs and festivals. See Tackling drug dealing.
  • Co-ordinating the analysis of drugs seized at pubs and clubs and tested at festivals in order to identify specific risks, assess levels of drug-related harm, and ensuring that this information is shared widely and appropriately. See Drug testing.
  • Promoting the drug training of club staff. See Dealing with drug-induced problems.

You can also find a compendium of other useful resources in Helpful organisations which includes contact details for useful organisations, training providers and a whole host of specialist advice and information sources, many of them online.

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