If you or someone else is at immediate risk, call 999 immediately. This is crucial in the case of overdose, self harm or violence associated with drug use.
Many drugs (particularly stimulants and new psychoactive drugs such as SPICE) can induce psychotic episodes. You may need to call emergency services if this happens.
During these episodes people may experience one or several of the following symptoms:
- paranoid thoughts and feelings
- visual hallucinations
- hearing voices
- thoughts of harming themselves or others.
Once an individual is no longer aware that the hallucinations or paranoid thoughts are not real, then this represents a break from reality and urgent help is needed. If you feel this is happening, call 999.
Other options for getting help with mental health problems:
- talk to your GP.
- contact the Camden Crisis Home Team on 020 3317 6333.
If you don’t want to involve the Crisis Team, there may be other local support services available – contact your local Mind service for more information.
If you, or someone you know needs a crisis residential detox assessment, City Roads provide a crisis intervention and stabilisation service in Islington. City Roads is a 14-28 day service for anyone over the age of 18 who requires detox from drugs or has particularly severe health issues related to substance use. Call 020 7278 8671 to discuss crisis admission with a member of staff.
The following YouTube videos provide useful information on overdose.