TO AVOID AN OPIOID OVERDOSE
- Tell your healthcare provider of all medications you are taking.
- Take medicine only if it has been prescribed to you by your healthcare provider.
- Do not take more medicine or take it more often than instructed.
- Never mix opioids or painkillers with alcohol, benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, or any illicit substance.
EMERGENCY: Call “911″ IMMEDIATELY if you suspect someone is experiencing a drug overdose.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Won’t awaken when aroused
- Bluish purple skin tones for lighter skinned people and grayish or ashen tones for darker skinned people
- Slow, shallow, erratic, or absent breathing
- Snore-like gurgling or choking sounds
- Elevated body temperature
- Irrational behavior or confusion
Signs and symptoms of drug overdose may differ depending upon the type of drug consumed.
- Allow the victim to “sleep it off.”
- Put the victim in a bath or shower.
- Leave the victim alone.
- Treat the victim with home remedies – they do not work and often postpone potentially life-saving medical treatment.
- Postpone calling “911” in order to clean up the scene.
IN THE EVENT OF AN OVERDOSE EMERGENCY
- Call 911 and give naloxone.
- Do rescue breathing and chest compressions. Follow 911 dispatcher instructions.
- After naloxone, stay with the person until help arrives.
- If no reaction in 3 minutes, give second naloxone dose.
Naloxone wears off. A person who has overdosed may experience symptoms again. Seek emergency care.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Health