Signs of an Overdose

Acting Quickly Can Save Lives

You can save a life if you act wisely in a situation where someone has overdosed.

Knowing Is In The Details


Scan Their Surroundings

First, quickly scan for signs of overdose.

Are there drug paraphernalia and pill bottles around them?


Is He Or She:

  • Vomiting
  • Not responding to voice or touch
  • Breathing shallow or not breathing at all
  • Choking or making gargling sounds?

Do They Have:

  • Tiny pupils
  • Blue lips and fingertips
  • Pale and clammy skin
  • A slow heartbeat and weak pulse?


If someone has these signs, immediately call 911. If it is a case of opioid overdose and you are carrying NARCAN, go through the steps of administering it.

If the person is not breathing, begin chest pumps until they begin breathing or medical help arrives.

If The Person Is Breathing:

  • Lay them on their side with their hands under their head
  • Keep working at getting them to respond without harming them
  • Monitor their breathing until medical help arrives.