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If you suspect someone has had a drug overdose

  1. Make sure it’s safe for you to approach the person

  2. Try to wake them by talking loudly to them and gently shaking their shoulders

  3. Check if they're breathing by looking to see if their chest is moving

  4. Put them in the recovery position 

  5. Call 999 for an ambulance, telling emergency services what you know

READ: Signs of an overdose


If you suspect someone has overdosed, it’s always best to administer naloxone. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and fentanyl.

Drugs bought illicitly can contain a mixture of substances, including opioids, so use naloxone if you have it. If someone hasn’t overdosed on opioids, naloxone won’t harm them.

How to use a naloxone injection 

How to use a naloxone nasal spray 

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If you’re concerned about your illicit prescription drug use, or if you’re worried about someone you know, we’re WithYou. We provide free, confidential and non-judgemental support and advice. Please don’t hesitate to reach out: