CAUSES OF OPIOID OVERDOSE
An opioid overdose takes place when levels of opioids are too high in a person’s system, causing them to lose consciousness and stop breathing. An overdose can happen suddenly or come on slowly over the course of a few hours. Without oxygen, the result can be fatal.
RESPONDING TO AN OVERDOSE
Every minute counts. If you think someone has overdosed, do the following:
Check for signs of opioid overdose
Perform rescue breaths
Stay with the person until help arrives
SLOW OR NO BREATHING.
WON'T WAKE UP.
PALE, ASHY, COOL SKIN.
BLUE LIPS OR FINGERNAILS.
WHAT IS NALOXONE?
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that temporarily stops the effect of opioids. It helps a person begin breathing again and wake up from an overdose. It only works on opioid overdoses and cannot be used to get high, nor is it addictive. It can be easily and safely administered by anyone. All first responders carry Naloxone.