Looking for fun? Typically, PnP represents an outlet for pleasure, connection, and intimacy, however, it’s important to recognize that with any drug use, there’s the potential for things to go wrong. Sometimes we can dose incorrectly and take too much of one drug, or we might get caught up in the moment and mix more drugs together than we’d originally planned to. Situations like these can lead to serious side effects, including overdoses, and it’s important that we’re ready to act quickly when these situations arise.  

Calling 911

Keep in mind that overdoses look different for every drug. However, if any of the following symptoms occur, immediately call an ambulance and place the individual in the stable side position, or take the person to the emergency room right away: 

  • Unconsciousness
  • Difficulty breathing/shallow breathing 
  • Severe headache 
  • Lowered body temperature 
  • Chest pressure 
  • Water poisoning: nausea, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, decreased consciousness and muscle cramps 
  • Overheating: hot, chills, rapid heartbeat, pale colour, decreased consciousness 

If possible, provide information about the person’s age and weight, how much drugs were taken and how they were taken, and how long it’s been since the person last dosed. 

Administering Naloxone

In the case that a friend or partner has overdosed on an opioid drug, such as heroin, oxytocin, fentanyl, or methadone, administer Naloxone intravenously or via nose spray immediately. Keep in mind that it can take upward of three-minutes for the Naloxone to begin working. Once the person has stabilized, you have about 45 minutes to get them to an emergency room, so call an ambulance or take them to the emergency room as soon as possible. 

Check out this directory for information on where to access a free Naloxone kit in Ontario. 

Seizure Care

If a friend or partner is having a seizure try not to panic. Gently hold the back of their head to prevent injury, and if possible, try to turn their head and/or body to the side in the case that they vomit. DO NOT try to restrain them or put anything into their mouth. Check out this video for some details on how to provide seizure care. 

Supporting A Friend or Partner Through a Bad Trip

In the case that a friend or partner is tripping out, look to calm them down and support them through their trip. If your friend or partner is experiencing paranoia don’t attempt to convince them what they’re seeing isn’t true, instead, listen and be present. It’s not useful to give them other drugs in an attempt to counteract their bad trip, such as giving them G to relax them after taking crystal. Make them as comfortable as possible (give them a blanket and pillow, or provide them with a towel), and encourage them to drink fluids. Encourage them that this will pass, and they’ll be feeling better in no time. 

Watch the video above where Nick Boyce offers some guidelines for supporting a friend, partner, or loved one in the case of an overdose. 

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