What to do in a crisis

If someone overdoses or has an bad reaction while using ecstasy, it is very important that they receive professional help as soon as possible. A quick response can save their life.

  • Call an ambulance. Dial 000. Don't delay because you think you or your friend might get into trouble. Ambulance officers are not obliged to involve the police.
  • Stay with the person until the ambulance arrives.
  • Ensure the person has adequate air, by keeping crowds back and opening windows. Loosen tight clothing.
  • If the person is unconscious, don’t leave them on their back - they could choke. Turn them on their side and into the recovery position.

    Recovery Position

  • Gently tilt their head back so their tongue does not block the airway.
  • If breathing has stopped, give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • If there is no pulse, apply CPR.
  • Provide the ambulance officers with as much information as you can - what drugs were taken, how long ago, and any pre-existing medical conditions.


  • Before using ecstasy, make sure you and your friends know what to do in a crisis.