Ecstasy: Getting Help

Excerpt from the book “Drugs in Australia: Ecstasy” by Michael Shannon.

Go back to the previous part in the series: Ecstasy: The Penalties

People who need help with their ecstasy problem generally need to go to their doctor, a local community health centre or a drug and alcohol treatment clinic for advice. Many of the solutions that will be suggested could equally apply to users of other drugs besides ecstasy. Counselling is an important part of the process, not just for the person using ecstasy, but for his or her family as well. During this time, it is important the person stay away from the people and places where they use ecstasy, and spend time with people who can help them feel good without drugs.

In a crisis

If someone overdoses or reacts badly to taking an ecstasy pill, it is important that he or she receives medical help quickly. Call an ambulance straight away, and stay with the person until the ambulance arrives. Tell the ambulance officers all that you can about what the person has taken. Getting help quickly could save a life. Don’t let concerns about being found out using drugs stop you from getting help – ambulance officers are not obliged to inform the police, and the consequences of just waiting to see how the person might recover on his or her own could lead to tragedy.

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