I’m almost done with EMT school, and I can verify this 100%. We don’t give a shit what you’ve taken or how illegal it may be. We want to know what and how much so we can save your ass. Unless its directly related to a crime scene in some way, we don’t tell.
It makes me enraged and also deeply saddened that the police state has become so entwined with every aspect of our lives that people are afraid to tell the truth to people trying to render them with emergency care. We’ve broken ourselves.
Boost because everyone should know!!!
THIS. They are trying to save your life, offering incomplete information only hurts you. Their job is not to judge, or to moralize, it’s to help keep you alive.
Boosting this. As an EMT myself, I can verify: we don’t care what you took, we don’t care if you’re underage, and we aren’t going to arrest you. Our entire job is to keep you safe and alive, and if you don’t tell us honestly what’s in your body at the point that we pick you up, it makes it that much harder for us to look after you.
Ding ding ding. Although at my scope of practice, unless it’s a opiate, there’s not a whole bunch that I can do except treat symptoms.
What’s more important is being able to tell the nurses/doctors what has happened, especially if the patient goes unconscious during the trip.