Overdoses can be deadly, causing a variety of effects and even death. For some more severe overdoses, especially those with depressants, involve a degree of brain injury. 25% of patients receiving rehabilitative care for brain injuries have been injured by an overdose.1 Drugs such as opioids and alcohol can create excessive sedation during an overdose, resulting in slowed breathing that reduces oxygen provided to the brain, causing brain injury.
When someone is overdosing, they’ll likely exhibit signs of overdose such as slowed breathing, slow heartbeat, or excessive tiredness. Here’s what’s happening in the brain and body during opioid overdose:
There are many problems that can happen when the brain is denied oxygen for too long. On average, lack of oxygen for four minutes or more can result in brain damage to some degree. Often, this manifests in less obvious ways. Lack of oxygen as a result of drug overdose may lead to memory problems, depression, anxiety, issues with motor skills, or difficulty with decision making. 2
At Banyan Detox Stuart, we offer drug, alcohol, and prescription drug detox in Stuart. Many of the long-term effects of overdose can be treated, and sobriety is always the best choice for improving overall health.