Schoolies urged to party safely

Redland Hospital Emergency Department director Dr Chris May says a bit of common sense could save lives at Schoolies. Photo by Judith KerrA LEADING Redland Hospital doctor has warned teens to avoid sex, drugs, alcohol, cars and balconies, when they hit the coast for Schoolies Week, which starts on Friday.
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Redland Hospital Emergency Department director Dr Chris May said Schoolies were more likely to end up in an emergency department if they took drugs, got drunk and partied on balconies.

“All drugs are dangerous and everyone knows about the side effects of alcohol, so I am asking Schoolies to stay away from them,” Dr May said.

“Redland Hospital doesn’t have to contend with a lot of Schoolies casualties because most are at the Gold Coast.

“But Stradbroke is very popular too and with a bit of common sense we can avoid major disasters on the island.

“My best advice is to look after friends and never accept drinks from strangers.

“Look after those who might have been separated from their group, or are feeling down or upset.”

Drugs of amphetamine derivative, such as speed and ecstasy, damage major organs including the heart and brain and can lethally increase body temperature.

Dr May also advised Schoolies to lock balconies and stay off them, especially with alcohol.

His warning follows those from Surf Life Saving Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service.

Surf Life Saving Queensland told beachgoers not to swim if they had been drinking alcohol and only go into the water with friends at patrolled beaches.

Queensland Ambulance Service acting superintendent Monica Farrow told Schoolies to call triple zero if a friend had had too much to drink, overdosed on drugs, or had been injured.

“If someone is unconscious, make sure they are rolled on their side and their airway is clear so that they can breathe properly,” she said.

“Never be afraid to seek help. We’re here to provide medical assistance and generally, we don’t report illicit drug use or underage drinking, unless there is a risk to physical safety, a death has occurred, or violence is involved.”

QAS will have a treatment centre next to the main hub on The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise where more than 16 paramedics and a management team will be stationed during the week.

Fifty State Emergency Service volunteers will also be out in force on the Gold Coast.

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