As drug-involved deaths continue to rise in America, we’re faced with the challenge of overcoming opioid abuse in a healthy and sustainable way. A major part of this is knowledge and education on the impact drugs can have and how to handle an overdose when that impact overwhelms the person’s body. Today, the most common overdoses involve opioids as either the primary substance being abused or as one of several drugs being consumed.
Here Are the Signs of an Opioid Overdose
Opioid overdose can happen unexpectedly even among recreational drug users. The prevalence of fentanyl in otherwise opioid-free drugs has added to the number of overdose deaths as someone who doesn’t normally consume opioids will have no tolerance to handle even the smallest amounts of fentanyl. When this happens and an overdose occurs, you’ll notice some or all of the following signs:
- Blue and clammy skin, lips and fingers
- Loss of consciousness
- Slow, shallow or no breathing
- Gasping for air or gurgling
If you notice these symptoms, immediately grab or inquire about Narcan, the brand name of naloxone which is used to reverse opioid overdose temporarily while medical help is acquired.
Dial 911 Right Away
Getting emergency services on the phone ASAP is crucial as Narcan only lasts for 30-90 minutes. Turn the individual on their side to stop any choking while staying on the phone and administer Narcan if not yet done. Remember that the purpose of emergency responders in this situation is to help the person overdosing, and many states have what are known as Good Samaritan laws that can protect you should you report an overdose and illegal activities were involved.
The goal of these laws and the availability of Narcan over-the-counter is to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in America. With the strength of opioids rising, Narcan has become a staple inclusion for pharmacies and drugstores across the country. No matter what state you’re in, there’s help available when you’re faced with an opioid overdose.
For Continued Recovery, There’s ARC
America’s Rehab Campus has helped thousands of guests and their families overcome the effects opioid addiction and overdose can have, all while focusing on healing and growth moving forward. Our individualized treatment plans can be tailored to the specific needs of each guest. Whether you have existing responsibilities to work around, need help getting to treatment, or aren’t sure how paying for treatment works, ARC is here to help.
Take a moment to contact our compassionate team and we’ll answer any questions you have on addiction, treatment, insurance, and other ways we can help you and your family.