Overdose is a life threatening situation requiring immediate emergency care that can result when someone ingests too much of a substance. Worldwide there are approximately half a million deaths attributable to overdose each year, with 70% being related to the use of opioids. There are many different reasons why an overdose might happen and it can vary depending on the substance or substances being used. Some signs of overdose, especially in the case of drug use or alcohol poisoning, are shallow breathing, confusion, decreased alertness, low heart rate, and loss of consciousness.
Some of the ways in which overdose can happen include:
In some situations, overdose can be reversed. The most common reversal method is Naloxone also known as Narcan. Narcan is a readily available medication that reverses the effects from opioids, heroin, and fentanyl and prescription medications. Narcan is available at most pharmacies without a prescription, and typically in the form of a nasal spray so that it becomes easier to use in times of need.
If you know someone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one to overdose, here are some ways you can help them navigate their grief:
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