If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose administer naloxone and get emergency medical help IMMEDIATELY
How to spot an Opioid overdose
Loss of consciousness
Unresponsive to outside stimulus
Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped
Choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise (sometimes called the “death rattle”)
Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic or not there at all
Body is very limp
Awake, but unable to talk or unresponsive
Face is very pale or clammy
Fingernails and lips turn blue or purplish black
For lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple
For darker skinned people, it turns grayish or ashen.
The National Harm Reduction Coalition's Naloxone Finder which "is intended for people who use drugs to access naloxone in their community" They have "vetted the programs for community-based naloxone that is free and intended for people who use drugs."
Many programs also offer more harm reduction assistance such as syringes, safer smoking kits, drop-in centers.
It is rare for some to die immediately from an overdose. While Naloxone can save a life, it is a temporary solution and not a substitute for medical attention. Always get emergency medical attention as soon as possible.
Fighting Addiction is hard, you don't have to do it alone.
There are people who care and want to help.
If you are in an emergency do not call a helpline. Call emergency help right away.
Online Resources to Find Help
Finding and choosing the right treatment for you is hard and even confusing. Here are some resources to help
For when you're ready to get help
12 step treatment centers around the world
Find a facility near you with SAMHSA's collection of thousands of state-licensed providers
To Learn more about addiction, treatment and recovery
National Institute on Drug Abuse about Recovery
Descriptions of types of treatment, therapies and support groups available from Addictioncenter.com
Addiction Recovery Guide for In depth information on all steps of recovery
For More Recovery Resources visit AddictionsandRecovery.org
You are loved. You are worth recovery. You deserve peace.