When an employee intentionally or unintentionally overdoses on drugs or alcohol, it is helpful to understand a little bit about how vomiting can help them. First, however, we must give a medical disclaimer. As much as we would like to be doctors, we are not, and this article in no way should be considered professional medical advice, because it is not. The information delineated in this text is found through research and personal experience of the author, and should not be acted upon in the place of medical advice for your personal doctor.
To begin with, if one of your employees has overdosed on drugs or alcohol, call emergency medical services right away. Be sure to give them their full name, your location and which floor of the building you are on. Also, if your employee is exhibiting any signs which are noteworthy, such as reduced breathing, high heart rate, vomiting, or if they are unable to hold themselves up, this should also be relayed over the phone.
Vomiting will come naturally in most cases, so the necessity to induce vomiting will be a rare occurrence. However, if they begin dry heaving, they may need to vomit, but their body is too dry or their stomach is too empty to full expel the unwanted substance. In this case, it may be helpful to give them a glass of water to drink. This will add moisture and it will increase the volume of their stomach contents, in case their body really does need to vomit and is unable to do so. In many cases, it also dilutes the stomach contents, reducing the amount of poison which is in contact with their tissues. A drink of water may actually reduce the necessity for vomiting.
If your employee is in better shape and is able to hold themselves up, drinking water and then getting into a kneeling position over a container of some sort is the ideal position to induce vomiting when necessary. It helps if their head is situated at a lower angle than their pelvis.
Fortunately, such incidents on the jobsite are reduced through the use of employee drug testing. Many companies monitor how many times an employee fails a drug test, and act accordingly. Call CMM Technology today for more information about drug tests and alcohol breathalyser tests available in your area: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.