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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Get the best out of Safer Nightlife by looking at the key responsibilities for your occupational group.

While Safer Nightlife is a free online resource which can be used by anyone interested in managing drugs safely in the entertainment industry, it recognises that there are a number of key occupational groups who have different, critical roles in the industry.

So, while you can use Safer Nightlife solely as a reference guide and simply use the search tool at the top of each page to find what you need on any given occasion – such as a template for a drug policy, best practice on disposing of drugs found on your premises or what to do in a medical emergency – you can also find bespoke advice tailored to your role.

Safer Nightlife has separate sections setting out the main roles and responsibilities for ensuring the welfare of drug users going out to pubs clubs and festivals for seven separate occupational groups:

You can also find a compendium of other useful resources 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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