Overamp Safety Guide
WHAT IS OVERAMPING?
- Overamping is any physical or psychological effect that negatively impacts or endangers an individual due to taking stimulants (e.g., crack or powder cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines).
- Unlike overdose, overamping isn’t necessarily a medical emergency but can just be unpleasant.
WHAT ARE COMMON OVERAMP SIGNS?
- Physical: fast heart rate/pulse, high body temperature/overheating, sweating, chills, irregular breathing, passing out, chest pain/tightening, nausea/vomiting, seizure, jerking or rigid limbs, headache, increased blood pressure, teeth grinding, convulsions, and/or tremors.
- Psychological: extreme anxiety, panic, hypervigilance, extreme agitation/paranoia, hallucinations, feeling paralyzed while awake, insomnia, delusions, suicidal thoughts, and/or extreme behaviors.
How to Respond to Overamp Symptoms
If someone is experiencing overamp symptoms, stay with them and respond to symptoms as needed. Always check regularly to make sure they are breathing and have a normal pulse.
Move the person to a safe, quiet environment. Clear out the space to reduce feelings of paranoia and anxiety.
CALM THEM DOWN
Engage the person in positive conversation– tell them that they’re going to be okay. Help them walk around if they seem able to do so. If you’re indoors, open a nearby window for fresh air. Music, low lighting, and a quiet setting can also help.
COOL THEM OFF
Try to get the person to drink cool water and use ice or cool water on their wrists or forehead to cool them off. A cool wet cloth also works. Put them next to a fan/AC if possible. If you’re outside, try to find a shady place.
OTHER THINGS THAT HELP
Food, sleep, and a shower can also help reduce symptoms. Hold their hand or gently rub their neck if they will let you.
HOW TO PREVENT OVERAMPING
KNOW/MANAGE MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Certain conditions like endocarditis or other cardiovascular issues can seriously worsen overamp scenarios. Get a medical check-up to make sure you don’t have any preexisting conditions. You’ll also receive medication to help manage these problems if needed.
USE IN A SAFE PLACE WITH FRIENDS
Symptoms can be worsened by being with people you don’t know or trust, or by using in a place that you don’t feel comfortable in.
SWITCH UP THE WAY YOU’RE USING
If you’re getting symptoms from speedballing via injection, try smoking or spreading out your shots instead.
TAKE A TEST DOSE
Do a small amount first to gauge the drug’s strength. If you don’t want to prepare two syringes, you can also sniff a test line.
SLEEP, HYDRATE, AND EAT!
Lack of sleep, water, and nutrition can help trigger and/or worsen symptoms. Try to get 8 hours of sleep, drink a few cups of water, and eat a nutritious meal before using stimulants. If you’re not hungry, a smoothie can also help!