How to Spot an Opioid Overdose

How does someone overdosing act?

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Unresponsive to outside stimulus

  • Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped

  • Vomiting

  • Choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise (sometimes called the “death rattle”)

  • Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic or not there at all

What does someone overdosing look like?

  • 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.

If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose administer naloxone and get emergency medical help IMMEDIATELY 

All information directly from NARCAN site. For more information visit the official NARCAN site here

All information directly from Naloxone HCL Injection site. For more information visit the official Naloxone Auto-Injector site here

 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. 

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