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Alcohol Poisoning

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Crisis Support Resources

If you or another person are in danger, please call 911 or the local police at (304) 284-7454.

Our campus upholds a Medical Amnesty Policy that ensures you or another person may not be prosecuted for drug or alcohol related violations if you seek assistance during a medical emergency. If you or a friend are experiencing a crisis there are plenty of resources available to provide the support you need. You are never alone, and you deserve to receive help.

We see you. You matter. Keep Fighting.

WVU Carruth Center

24/7 Support (304) 293-4431
Visit the Carruth Website

WVU Collegiate Recovery Program

Monday - Friday, 9AM-5PM (304) 293-2547
Visit the Recovery Website

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

24/7 Support +1 (800) 662-4357
Visit SAMSHA's Website

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Person is staggering, slurred or slowed speech, bobbing head.

  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be woken.

  • Person has cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin.

  • Person is breathing slowly (less than eight times per minute), or breathing irregularly (ten seconds or more between any two breaths).

  • Person is vomiting while in and out of consciousness.

What To Do

  • Call 9-911 (from campus phone), or 911 (off campus), or take them to Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.

  • Do not leave the person alone!

  • Roll the person onto their side to help avoid choking in case of vomiting.

  • If the person stops breathing, administer CPR.

  • Don’t hesitate or worry about what the person will think when they sober up. It is always “better to be safe than sorry”. The hospital will not call the police.

  • Be aware of WVU's Medical Amnesty policy.

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