GREEN DRUG ALERT
Reason: Awareness and Information
In the past 24 hours there have been three presentations at Peterborough Hospital and one in Police custody where the individuals said that they had been using cannabis. They have presented with extreme symptoms ranging from non-responsiveness to aggressive behaviours and one patient needed to be sectioned. Currently the Police are investigating the issue but this is information for organisations so that they are aware of the possibility of similar presentations that could require treatment.
In the meantime, it would be worth sharing the following messages with your colleagues and people who use drugs as a reminder of how to reduce the risk of drug related death and how to identify and respond to an overdose.
Drug supplies change, best test first
What’s in your drugs can change frequently and your dealer doesn’t always know what’s in them or how powerful they may be. Best use small amounts to test first. Look out for your mates If possible – use with your mates. Using alone is much more risky as there is no one to look out for you if you overdose.
Look out for the signs of overdose An overdose won’t always look the same but some of the signs to look out for are:
- Falling unconscious
- Very light shallow breathing or no breathing
- Loud raspy ‘snoring’ or gurgling
- Blue or pale lips or fingertips
Call an ambulance Naloxone – get it, carry it, use it If someone overdoses on opioids act fast – don’t wait to see if they will recover – you could save their life:
- Remember – call an ambulance immediately
- check the person is breathing
- put them in the recovery position – on their side with their head resting on their arm
- give them naloxone as soon as possible
Getting into drug treatment reduces your risk of dying from an overdose. For information, support and advice contact local Cambridgeshire and Peterborough services below.
Cambridgeshire CGL (Adults over 18yrs) 0300 5550101
CASUS (young people) 01480 445316
Peterborough ASPIRE (all ages) 01733 895624
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