People can overdose from both illegal and legal drugs, and sadly sometimes this can be fatal.

If someone is unconscious:

  • Call 999 for an ambulance
  • Put them in the recovery position
  • Tell the medical staff exactly what they have taken
  • Don’t leave them alone

Calling 999 is the right thing to do, you will not get in trouble for this.

The police WILL NOT attend overdose calls, only in exceptional circumstances. For example, if the overdose is fatal or if there is a  perceived risk to the paramedics.

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For more information about how to place someone in the recovery position safely, please visit NHS Choices.