1. Divide the class into five groups. Give each group one of the When a Friend Needs Emergency Treatment scenarios from Student Handout 9.H. Ask each group to choose a reporter who will summarize the group's discussion and share it with the class.2

  2. Give students the following five group discussion questions:
    1. What did your group decide to do?
    2. Why did you decide to do that?
    3. How likely is it that this scenario could occur in real life?
    4. What could you do if you did not have access to a phone?
    5. How could this situation have been prevented?

    Using these questions, the groups are to discuss and list what they would do if they found themselves in that situation.

  3. Bring the class back together and ask each group's reporter to share their scenarios and responses with the class. Ask the class to discuss and comment on each group's decision.

  4. Using the DRABC slide (9.D) and Student Handout 9.I-Answer Key for Scenarios, reinforce the correct first-aid procedure for each of the scenarios.

  5. An alternative means of presenting this information is to contact the supervisor of the paramedic or emergency health services unit in your area and ask him or her to send a paramedic guest speaker to the class to provide information on dealing with alcohol- and other drug-related emergencies. Before the class, send the guest speaker a copy of this activity plan so that they can tailor their talk to the goals of the class.

    Note: In all of the scenarios, students are advised to call for emergency medical assistance. In Nova Scotia, emergency calls (911) related to alcohol and other drugs will result in a response by both police and paramedics. Students may be reluctant to call for medical assistance because they are afraid they will get into trouble. Ask the students to consider the consequences of not calling 911 in the scenarios.

    2. The first aid scenarios were inspired by the Australian resource School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project Teacher’s Manual (found in Phase Two, Lesson 15-Helping a Friend (2000)).