Every time you use a drug, you are carrying the risk of serious side effects or overdose. Overdoses can happen with all types of drugs including cocaine, heroin, alcohol, etc. Accidental overdoses occur when users consume too large an amount of either prescription medication or illegal drugs. Intentional overdoses are typically a result of someone trying to commit suicide. The losses that families and loved ones experience when an addict overdoses are vast and traumatic.
The exact signs of drug overdose will vary from person to person, as different drugs and varying body chemistry can result in a variety of overdose symptoms. Common signs that someone is experiencing a drug overdose include:
A person may not experience all of these signs, but even a few of these symptoms can indicate a person is experiencing an overdose.
If you are present when someone is experiencing an overdose, the first and most important thing is that you remain calm. Panicking will not help. You can help someone who is experiencing overdose symptoms by:
While waiting for emergency services to arrive, obtain as much information as possible, including the dose, time of last dose and type of drug the person used so that first responders can treat him or her accordingly. If prescription medications or other labeled substances have been used, take the container with you to the ER, even if the bottle is empty. Assure the person that help is on the way and continue to stay calm.
If you or someone you love has overdosed, it’s a clear sign that addiction has become a major problem. The only way to safely avoid future overdose is to get sober with the professional help of a drug and alcohol treatment center. Our family of facilities at Banyan Treatment Center offers medically monitored detox, inpatient programs, partial hospitalization care, outpatient programs, sober alumni programs, and more. With a variety of nationwide detox programs and treatment options, we are here to help you.