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Providing first aid in overdose situations

Before we start, we should clarify this has not been written by legal experts, This content is only for guidance. Furthermore, even with the best intentions, you can do more harm than good if you are not trained or qualified in first aid, with possible legal implications if something goes wrong.

  • See if you can wake them by calling their name and/ or shaking them firmly but gently.
  • If there's no response, with your cheek over their nose and mouth, look down the body to see their chest moving and feel for breath on your cheek. (Do this for 10 seconds).
  • If they are not breathing, call 999 for an ambulance, following the operator's instructions.
  • If they are breathing but not responsive, place them in the recovery position if you feel able, and call 999, following the operator's instructions.
  • Stay with them until help arrives.

What to do in an emergency | FRANK
After an incident | NHS

How to put an adult in the recovery position | St John Ambulance
Recovery position | Wikipedia

Why queer people are stocking up on this life-saving nasal spray for drug overdoses | Queerty* | 1 Oct 2021

Global Drug Survey | 2017 | 4m 34s

Good Samaritan law
In researching this content, there are very few cases on which to base any judgement; various scenarios are discussed and the words ‘probably’ and ‘maybe’ are used a lot when referring to the outcome of an imagined scenario in court.
Good Samaritan law | Wikipedia

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