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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
* Based on a total of 34 respondents, 100% of whom identified as gay. 90.6% of respondents were aged 30s-50s.
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