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:
- 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.