Before you overdose
Before you take an
intentional overdose, try to identify what you wish to gain from it.
Why are you doing it? Is there a less dangerous way to get the same
thing? Is there anyone you can talk to who could help you through
If you still want to
take an overdose, look up the drug you intend to take online. Find out
exactly what it is likely to do to you, and what the danger symptoms
are. It is unlikely that you’ll still want to take the drug in
overdose once you know the horrible things it will do to you.
If you have taken an
overdose accidentally, you should still look up what it is likely to
do, as it may incite you to call an ambulance where normally you
Any overdose can be
dangerous, no matter how small the amount. Always seek medical
attention, and follow any instructions contained within the drug
Never assume that you
should do the same thing for all drugs. All drugs are different and
have different instructions for how to handle an overdose. Where one
might say, “induce vomiting”, another overdose might be made worse
by doing the same thing.
If you go to hospital,
take the rest of the drug, or the packaging with you. This can save
the emergency team vital time in identifying what you’ve taken. Even
if you don’t think you will need to go to hospital as you take the
overdose, leave the packaging out in case you pass out and are not
conscious if a medical team arrives.
Never assume that non
prescription drugs can’t be dangerous.
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