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Overdose

August 23, 2018

The Poison Help Line

Talk to an expert about a medication overdose

+1 (800) 222‒1222

 

 

Harm Reduction Coalition

Drug overdose prevention services

harmreduction.org

 

DrugRehab.com

A resource that provides information and support to people facing substance use and addiction.

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/overdose/ 

 

Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms, Causes, and Effects

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/effects-on-the-body/alcohol-poisoning/

 

What is an overdose?


An overdose is when a person takes more alcohol, drugs, or medications than their body can handle.  This can lead to death.

 

What are symptoms of an overdose?

 

•    Blacking out
•    Difficulty breathing
•    Skin turns blue or pale
•    Heart beating too fast or too slow
•    Heart attack

 

What affects my risk of overdose?


•    Using drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications after not using them for awhile
•    Taking a lot of drugs, alcohol or prescription medications
•    Mixing alcohol, drugs or medications
•    Having an illness or disease that affects the heart or lungs

 

What should I do if I see someone overdose?


•    Call 911 or take the person to ER
•    Roll the person on their side to prevent choking if they vomit
•    Shake them, try to wake them up

 

What else do I need to know?


•    Many people don’t want to call 911 when they see an overdose because of fear of legal problems, but know that you could be saving someone’s life. 
•    You don’t have to tell the 911 dispatcher your name if you don’t want to.
•    You also don’t have to tell the 911 dispatcher that anyone was using drugs, but do tell the paramedics when they come so they can help the person better.

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