Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Life

What to Do in an Alcohol or Drug Emergency

If you think a person has had too much alcohol or other drugs, call for help. Alcohol poisoning and other drug overdoses can kill. You will not get in trouble for helping a friend. Unintentional drug overdose is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, just behind automobile crashes: don't risk a friend's life.

Call 911.

If this emergency is occurring on the Reed campus, also call Community Safety at 503/788-6666.

While waiting for help do the following:

  • Stay with the individual.
  • Protect him or her from injury without jeopardizing your own safety.
  • Keep him or her warm.
  • If he or she can sit up or stand, try to keep him or her upright to reduce risk of choking on vomit.
  • If he or she must lie down, turn him or her on the side with the face angled to the floor to reduce risk of choking.
  • Gather as much information as possible:
    • How much alcohol and/or other drugs has he or she used over what time period?
    • Is he or she on any medications?
    • Does he or she have any medical or psychiatric problems?
    • Has he or she been injured?
  • Observe his or her breathing.
  • Be prepared to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation if respiration stops. If you do not know CPR, call out to see if someone nearby does.
  • Be confident in your decision to get help. Caring enough is never wrong.

Useful Links

Student Health Portal
Community Wellness
Pacific Source

Contact Information

To make an appointment, please call our main number

Phone: 503-777-7281

Fax: 503-777-7209

We are located in the grey building on the west side of campus just north of 28 West (Community Safety).

Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

We are closed from noon to 1:00pm for lunch.


Reed Counseling Hotline: 866-432-1224

After Hours Assistance
Nurse Advice Line/Community Careline: 800-607-5501

On campus: Community Safety: 503-788-6666 or 6666 from a campus phone

Off campus: Portland Police/Ambulance: 911