Schoolies, read this: Don't do dumb stuff
QUEENSLAND schoolies are being urged to put their own safety first during their end of year celebrations.
Schoolies officially kicks off for Queensland students on November 16, with thousands of teens expected to descend on to the Gold Coast and other locations across the state for the week-long event.
Queensland Ambulance Service Gold Coast Local Ambulance Service Network Acting Superintendent Monica Farrow said schoolies week celebrations were an important rite of passage for many, but tragedy could occur if teens were complacent.
"While there are some great experiences to be had there is also many dangers schoolies face," she said.
"Alcohol and drug use, especially in young people, can greatly impair decision-making abilities and can lead to tragedy in the form of accidents, overdoses and assaults.
"The best advice we can give schoolies is to look after their mates and call for help if they are in trouble."
Ms Morrow urged schoolies not to be afraid to seek help should they, or a friend, require it.
"If someone has had too much to drink, overdosed on drugs, or has been injured, stay with them and call for help by phoning triple 000," she said.
"If someone is unconscious, make sure they are rolled on their side and their airway is clear so that they can breathe properly.
"We are here to provide medical assistance and generally we do not report illicit drug use or underage drinking, unless there is a risk to physical safety, a death has occurred, or violence is involved."
Ms Farrow warned schoolies to be especially careful in high-rise buildings and avoid balcony hopping.
"Tragically, there have been a number of deaths on the Gold Coast in past years where people have fallen from great heights while hopping between balconies," she said.
"Historically, this is an issue for schoolies too.
"There is nothing more tragic than attending to a fatal accident of this sort where a young life could have been spared."