Deaths from drug overdoses doubled between 2002 and 2015, according to data provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The symptoms experienced during an overdose will vary depending on the substance, or substances, taken, and different people may experience different overdose symptoms for the same drug. Opioid overdose, in particular, may be difficult to recognize as the signs of overdose are similar to the regular effects of the drug.
Nevertheless, in case of an emergency, it is helpful to know the most common symptoms and signs of a substance overdose:
- Difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, labored or abnormal breath
- Changes in skin color, body temperature, or pulse
- Chest pain or severe headaches
- Seizures, convulsions, or tremors
- Dizziness, unsteadiness, or delirium
- Extreme anxiety or agitation
- Fainting or passing out
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Blue lips or fingers
- Gurgling noises
- Inability to communicate
- Disorientation, confusion, or paranoia
- Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness
Addiction is a dangerous disease, but treatment can help prevent an overdose.
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