Help in an Emergency
What to Do in an Alcohol or Drug Emergency
If you think a person has had too much alcohol or other drug(s) and you are wondering whether you need help, call for help. Alcohol poisoning and other drug overdoses can kill.
- Call 911. If this emergency is occurring on the Dartmouth campus, also call Safety and Security at (603) 646-3333.
- While waiting for help:
- Stay with the individual
- Protect him or her from injury without jeopardizing your own safety
- Keep him or her warm
- If he or she can sit up/or stand try to keep him or her upright to reduce risk of choking on vomit.
- If he or she must lie down, turn him or her on their side with face angled to the floor to reduce risk of choking.
- Gather as much information as possible:
- How much alcohol and/or other drugs has he or she used over what time period?
- Is he or she on any medications?
- Does he or she have any medical or psychiatric problems?
- Has he or she been injured?
- Observe his or her breathing
- Be prepared to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation if respiration stops. If you do not know CPR, call out in case someone nearby does.
- Be confident in your decision to get help. Caring enough is never wrong.