Just Call 911

The Campaign

Our Just Call 911 campaign focuses on encouraging students to "just call 911" without hesitation if they suspect someone of having alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose. The person at risk will only be transported to a hospital if the medical professional believes that the person at risk needs the medical attention.  If you call 911, you will not be cited for low-level alcohol and drug violations, such as:

  1. Possession of small amounts of marijuana or alcohol
  2. Being drunk yourself (as long as you coherent enough to take care of yourself)
  3. Possession of small amounts of alcohol, being under the age of 21 years old
Please call 911 if your friend's life might be on the line.
Now you don't need to be afraid of getting cited or arrested if you call 911 for a friend.

Key Tags

To enforce our campaign, we constantly pass out yellow Just Call 911 key tags to the UCSB community. We pass out key tags at our events and on campus throughout the week. You can also come pick up a key tag during the week at our office - upstairs in Embarcadero Hall.

Listed on the back of the key tag are the symptoms and warning signs of both alcohol poisoning and a drug overdose. Our key tags can conveniently be carried around everywhere and serves as easily accessible information, should an emergency arise.

Warning Signs for 
  • Won't wake up
  • Vomiting while passed out
  • Slow/irregular breathing
  • Pale skin
  • Extreme confusion

Never assume that a person will "sleep off" alcohol poisoning.
Even when someone is unconscious or has stopped drinking, alcohol continues to be released into the bloodstream and the blood alcohol level continues to rise
If someone has any warning signs call 911.

Warning Signs for 
  • Won't wake up
  • Abnormal vital signs:
    • Temperature
    • Breathing
    • Skin color
    • Pulse

Remember, the warning signs for dug overdose vary from substance to substance.
If someone has any warning signs call 911.
Making the Call.
Stay calm, JUST CALL 911 immediately. You've done the right thing.

Be prepared to provide as much information as you can. Any information that you have will help the emergency dispatcher.
  • You're location/address
  • The amount of alcohol/substance the person has ingested
  • The kind of alcohol/substance the person has ingested
  • How long the person has been drinking/using
  • When you first noticed the warning signs
  • Any pre-existing conditions (diabetes, etc.)
If you don't have this information, don't worry! The medical professionals will assess the situation when they arrive.

Stay with the person. Follow any instructions given to you by the emergency dispatcher.