National Resources


The Poison Help Line

Talk to an expert about a medication overdose

+1 (800) 222‒1222

Harm Reduction Coalition

Drug overdose prevention services

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

Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms, Causes, and Effects

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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