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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Customers and the drugs policy

It is also vital to communicate the drugs policy to club-goers.

The policy should set out how different practices and procedures in the policy will be made known to customers, e.g. clearly advertising the search policy. There may be particular issues in the policy which benefit from consultation with customers – for example, if you are thinking of installing water fountains, asking regulars where they would like them to be. Although the drug policy should ensure that customers’ health and well-being is safeguarded to the best of the license holder’s ability, it is also fair to say that clubbers should take responsibility for their own welfare.


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