Drugs and alcohol: What to do if…

recovery-position

Knowing what to do in an emergency, because someone is off their face or unconscious due to alcohol or drugs, could save their life. You may never need to use it, but you should learn how to take emergency action just in case.

If someone is tense and panicky or getting paranoid…

If someone faints or loses consciousness…

If someone is drowsy but conscious…

The recovery position

You should put someone into the recovery position if they are unconscious or drowsy. You can do this easily even if they are a lot bigger than you. It keeps their airways free so they do not suffocate or choke, and they cannot easily roll out of it or onto their front.

Roll the person onto one side. If they are on their left side, then bend their right leg up in front of them so they cannot roll forwards and bend their right arm so their hand is under their cheek (or vice versa). Practice on someone!