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Drug and alcohol safety responding in an emergency

Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022

Preparation and knowledge fuel the ability to be able to respond in an emergency.

Watch the video below and equip yourself with expert advice direct from emergency services staff and Professor Gordian Fulde.

Emergency response tips

  • Ensure everyone is safe and call for help – when finding someone affected by drugs or alcohol, this should be the first response.
  • Recovery position – if the person is unresponsive or sleeping, roll them on to their side to assist their breathing and wait with them for help.
  • Stay calm – easier said than done, staying calm helps with communication from emergency services. According to Professor Gordian Fulde, this is also critical when parents are reacting to their children.


Parents should avoid outright confrontation and aggression... that initial reaction from the parents is so important and then the ongoing relationship has to be strong.