The U.S. opioid crisis has become a more prominent issue over the last few years, and for good reason. Since 1999, more than 750,000 people have died in the U.S. from drug overdose. In 2018, more than 67,000 overdose deaths occurred with opioids contributing to nearly 70% of those deaths.
Fortunately, from 2017 to 2018, the rate of overdose deaths decreased by 4.6%. While the numbers seem to be moving in a positive direction, there is still much to be done to address this issue. One of the best ways everyone can help is knowing the signs of opioid overdose and steps to take when someone overdoses.
While someone experiencing overdose may not have every symptom, the appearance of any of these symptoms is cause for concern.
Once a person has overdosed, they cannot help themselves. It is vital for others to know how to help someone who overdoses – it can save their life.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder, Centerstone can help. To learn more about our recovery programs, call 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123) or visit centerstone.org/service/addiction-recovery/.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.