People with drug addiction issues usually don’t mean to overdose. If individuals start using substances again at the same level they were prior to a period of not using substances, i.e., treatment or incarceration, they may easily overdose because their tolerance level has been lowered.
Depending on what drug was used, overdose symptoms can be different. Overdose symptoms can also mimic many other conditions. Some common signs of an opioid overdose:
Loud snoring or gurgling noises
Body very limp
Skin pale/gray, clammy
Lips/fingertips turn blue(ish)
Pulse slow or erratic
Breathing very slow, shallow, or not at all
Step 1: Rouse and stimulate
Step 2: Call 911
Step 3: Give Naloxone (if you have a prescription)
Step 4: Rescue breathing
Step 5: Care for the individual until help arrives
Attend Opioid Overdose Response Training
Naloxone, also known as Narcan ®, when administered to a person overdosing from an opioid medication or drug, can reverse the overdose immediately by quickly restoring breathing and consciousness. If someone you know may be at risk for overdosing on prescription pain medication or heroin, you can obtain a prescription for this lifesaving drug medication and learn how to administer it.
Training participants learn about opioids, how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone to reverse an overdose. After completing the training, participants receive free naloxone and an overdose prevention kit.
The training and overdose prevention kit are FREE to participants