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Signs Of Overdose

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Drug overdose deaths have continued to rise across the United States. In 2017, drug overdose deaths were six times higher than they were in 1999. Although illicit drug use is down, especially among teens, prescription drugs are almost solely to blame for the rise in overdose deaths. 68% of all drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved prescription opioid.S Current projections state that on average, 130 people in the US die from opioid - derivative overdoses. It is important to understand signs and symptoms of drug abuse and drug overdose. Knowledge in this arena can save life and get someone treatment they need to overcome their drug addiction. In unintentional overdose deaths, many scenarios can arise that increase persons chance of overdose. For example, illicit street drugs are often cut with other substances. Dealers and black market manufacturers of these drugs do not know how much of the drug is in each hit. People who are addicted will purchase illegal drugs that arent label, and can be much more potent than what theyd expect. They take drugs and their body is quickly overwhelm, and overdose can result. Another scenario that can happen with unintentional overdoses has to do with tolerance and relapse rates. When someone who been addicted to drugs goes through withdrawal, detox, and reaches sobriety, they are at risk of relapsing, especially in the first few weeks and months after cessation. That person will retake drugs and not realize how much their tolerance has gone down since reaching sobriety. Overdoses can happen when they take far more substances that they can physically handle. Also, people who take multiple prescription drugs can sometimes forget how much drug theyve take. They may mistakenly believe that they have taken their allotted dose per day and unintentionally overdose. In many cases, people who are addicted to opioids can exhaust their supplies of legal Drug, or even experience significant financial hardship trying to obtain pills through the black market. Sometimes, people with severe addiction to opioid narcotics will turn to cheaper, more abundant street heroin to prevent withdrawals. People in initial stages of heroin or cocaine addiction usually start out injecting drugs but they move on to injecting Drug as a means of getting quicker, more intense high. These risky behaviors also increase their chances of overdose. Illegal drugs increase unintentional and intentional overdose death rates in other unforeseen ways. People who witness an overdose of illegal substances may fear legal repercussions from law enforcement if they call for help. In response, many states have enacted Good Samaritan laws that protect people from legal consequences if they report overdose. Intentional overdoses can happen when someone is suffering from untreated depression or another mental health disorder and takes Drug as a suicide attempt. A significant number of people who enter rehab for drug addiction are struggling with mental health disorders, with depression and anxiety being the most common.

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What Is an Overdose?

In many instances, accidental overdose is a clear sign that treatment is necessary. That being say, someone can overdose the first time they use a substance, and in these cases, person may not necessarily meet criteria for substance use disorderor addictionand might not require the full range of addiction treatment services. Even in those instances, education on substance use and abuse is recommend, though overdose itself will likely serve as the biggest deterrent to future drug use. It remain, though, that many people who overdose have a history of substance abuse and / or addiction. For these people, comprehensive treatment that includes medical detox and therapy could be very beneficial. Treatment should address underlying reasons that lead to substance abuse in the first place as well as any co - occurring medical or mental health issues. With assistance, recovery is within reach, ensuring a future that is free of overdose and related health issues.

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What Should Be Done?

Symptoms of drug overdose may vary depending on the person, drug, and amount they take. However, universal symptoms include: nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, trouble breathing, difficulty walking, agitation, aggression or violence, enlarge pupils, tremors, convulsions, hallucinations or delusions. You should seek medical help immediately if you have these symptoms or witness them in someone else and suspect they may have overdose. The most obvious way to tell if these symptoms indicate overdose is if you know you have taken drugs or have seen someone else take drugs. Getting medical help quickly can make a big difference in the effectiveness of drug overdose treatment.

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Good Samaritan Laws

Drug overdose death rates have continued to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 52 000Americans died of Drug Overdose in 2015, majority caused by opioids. Since 2010, 30 states have experienced increases in opioid deaths and the increase in deaths from 2014 to 2015 can most likely be attributed to heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. In 2016, nearly every state enacted Legislation addressing opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, and in 2017, the majority of states have again enacted Legislation on this issue. Policymakers have sought solutions that will help curb use and overdose by expanding access to treatment, increasing diversion opportunities and funding, modifying penalties, expanding Good Samaritan immunity, and increasing Naloxone access.

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When to Seek Medical Care

Overdoses can happen if you take too much of a substance. The most common types of overdose include those from drugs and alcohol. In the US, leading cause of death among persons between the ages of 35 and 54 is accidental overdose. As part of our Emergency services, Dignity Health Central California offers comprehensive care to diagnosis and treat all types of poisoning and overdose. If you notice signs of overdose, including drug overdose, in Central California, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Symptoms of overdose depend on type of substance ingested and amount. In general, mild overdose symptoms include: slurred speech, Unsteadiness Drowsiness delusions, Breathing problems, Vomiting Seizures, Hallucinations or delusions Tremors Unconsciousness call 911 or seek Emergency Medical care for signs of overdose. Overdose can occur for a variety of reasons, but certain risk factors increase the likelihood of this happening. These include: Injection Drug use Drug or alcohol use while alone, Heavy Drug use for short periods of time, Mental Health issues, such as depression combining drugs and alcohol, Poor Health History of Drug or alcohol overdose treatment for overdose depends on substance take. In the event of a severe overdose, call 911 and follow these steps until help arrives: keep person from taking any more substance. Try to determine what substance was take. Reassure, comfort, and stay with person until help arrives. If unconscious, check breathing and pulse and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, and continue until help arrives. To prevent future overdose, meet with an experienced and compassionate provider at Dignity Health Central California at a location near you: Mark Twain Medical Center Memorial Hospital Mercy Hospital Downtown Mercy Hospital Southwest Mercy Medical Center Merced. Josephs Medical Center Dignity Health Central California delivers prompt medical care for all types of overdose in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.

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Why do drug overdoses happen?

While the majority of overdose deaths in country are the result of prescription drug abuse, people who are addicted to illicit drugs are still at risk of overdose. In the US, opioid - derivative drugs and benzodiazepines are the most likely drugs to be involved in overdose. An estimated 91 people per day die from opioid - related drug overdoses. In most cases, drug overdoses are unintentional. When someone starts taking drug or substance, their body will build up tolerance. This means that person will need to take more and more drugs to get the same desired effect. If they are unable to meet their body's demands, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can vary in intensity and duration, depending on many different factors. The type of substance a person is addicted to, how long theyve been addict, and also how much of drug theyve consumed can all influence withdrawal timeline severity.


What Is an Overdose?

Alcohol overdose happen when you drink more alcohol than your body can safely process. Generally, body can safely process around one unit of pure alcohol per hour. If an individual consumes more alcohol than this in shorter time periods, alcohol builds up in the body due to the body not being able to metabolize alcohol fast enough, and accumulation of alcohol spreads throughout the body. This may lead to alcohol overdose, better known as alcohol poisoning. Mental confusion Vomiting Seizures Slow breathing Irregular breathing hypothermia, bluish skin color, paleness Most common risk factors that influence your chances of having alcohol overdose are: age Gender Body Size Tolerance Binge Drinking Drug Use Other Health Conditions additional risks that can occur due to consuming larger amounts of alcohol than Body can metabolize are: slowing down or cessation of breathing, heart rate, and gag reflex Cardiac arrest due to decrease in Body temperature Seizures as result of low blood sugar levels

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WHAT IS NARCAN NASAL SPRAY?

Narcan Nasal Spray is a Prescription medicine used for treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose emergency with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. Narcan Nasal Spray is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after giving first dose of NARCAN Nasal Spray, even if person wakes up. Narcan Nasal Spray is safe and effective in children for know or suspect opioid overdose. Narcan Nasal Spray is a Prescription medicine used for treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose emergency with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. Narcan Nasal Spray is to be given right away and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Get emergency medical help right away after giving first dose of NARCAN Nasal Spray, even if person wakes up. Narcan Nasal Spray is safe and effective in children for know or suspect opioid overdose.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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Type of drugCommon signs and symptoms of an overdose
Opioids (Examples like heroin, morphine, fentanyl, methadone, OxyContin)Breathing is very slow, or irregular, or they may not be breathing at all Fingernails and/or lips are blue Body is limp Deep snoring or gurgling sounds Loss of consciousness/passed out (can't wake the person up) Unresponsive (not answering when you talk to them or shake them) Pinpoint (tiny) pupils
Stimulants (Examples like cocaine, speed, crystal meth, MDMA/ecstasy)Seizures Pressure and tightness in chest Foaming at the mouth Racing pulse Excessive sweating Vomiting Headaches/dizziness/ringing in the ears Hard time breathing Sudden collapse Loss of consciousness/passed out (can't wake the person up)
Hallucinogens (Examples like acid, LSD, ketamine, magic mushrooms)Catatonic syndrome (person will be in a trancelike state) Psychosis (their reality is altered and may be having hallucinations or delusions) Nausea/vomiting Seizures

Anything can be cut with fentanyl and carfentanil. This means there is no way to be sure of what is exactly in drugs obtained from anywhere other than pharmacy. If you get them from friend, order them online, buy them from a dealer, or anywhere similar, you dont know how toxic they may be. Counterfeit pills can be made to look almost identical to prescription opioids and other medications. Illicit fentanyl is often made as powder and mixed with other drugs. It is also being pressed into pills and sold as oxycodone or other pills, including speed and ecstasy / MDMA. There is no easy way to know if fentanyl is in drugs you are using. You can't see it, smell it or taste it. A very small amount of powder can cause overdose.

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