Take Action Immediately
If you suspect that someone you’re with is experiencing a drug overdose, you should absolutely consider it a medical emergency and call 911.
Also, it is best to get out of the club or rave and into fresh air outside if possible. Then, you should give the overdosing person a drink that replenishes electrolytes like Vitamin Water or Gatorade.
If you only have water, just give them small sips. Chances are they their body is depleted from sweating, dehydration, and exhausted by the drug itself. Too much water can cause sodium levels to drop dangerously low.
Also, try to get their body temperature down. An overdose is often brought on by a heat stroke. Get a cloth or napkin and fill it with ice from the bar and place it on their forehead or neck. Keep it there until help arrives.
Do not panic. You need to keep the person as calm as possible. They will respond to your perceived level of crisis. Do not freak out while you are waiting for emergency techs to arrive. Do your best to tell them soothing words in a calm voice like, “Everything is going to be okay.”
Don’t be Afraid to Call 911
Many people hesitate when a friend is overdosing. They are afraid to dial 911 because they have been using illegal drugs. DO NOT make this mistake!
The EMTs are not concerned about what drugs you have been using. They are not going to arrest you. They are NOT the police. They are there to provide life-saving treatment. Make sure you are honest with them and tell them what drugs and how much your friend has been using.
Even if the police do arrive, most states have the Good Samaritan Law in effect. This means drug users, dealers, or those in possession will not be arrested if they call for medical assistance during an overdose.