Ambulance call-outs and the police
Chemsex overdose situations and emergency service call-out survey
We are trying to get a clearer picture of chemsex overdose situations and emergency service call-outs to improve our safer chemsex messaging and campaigning. This is an ongoing survey, launched in August 2020. Click here If you would like to take the short 2-minute survey which is anonymous. If you have a query please contact us through the website.
This is a summary of the findings* to date (20-9-20) which we aim to update monthly:
- If you were to call 999 for an ambulance, how likely do you think it is the police would turn up as well?
46.2% very likely; 19.2% likely; 30.8% uncertain
- How do you know gay men are less likely to call for an ambulance in overdose situations because they are fearful the police will turn up as well?
32% personal experience, 40% heard stories/ word of mouth, 8% Just something I know,
- In overdose situations when an ambulance AND the police have turned up …
42.3% had direct experience; 46,2% had heard stories/ word of mouth
- If someone overdoses on ‘G’ and is unconscious, what are you more likely to do if you cannot wake them?
50% said to call 999; 42.3% said would let them sleep it off; 38.5% said would try first aid
- Gay men are less likely to call for an ambulance in overdose situations because they are fearful the police will turn up.
33.3% strongly agreed; 40.7% agreed, 11.1% were uncertain; 14.8 disagreed
- Where was your last chemsex experience?
80.6% London, 9.7% England
- Which chemsex drugs have you used?
83.9% Crystal meth, 93.5% GHB or GBL, 41.9% Mephedrone