Unfortunately for some, it’s too late to prevent substance use or addiction. When this is the case, it’s important to be prepared, be aware of the signs of overdose, and know what to do if one happens.
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose. It is not addictive, nor can it cause harm if administered. To learn more about naloxone and where to find it, visit StopOverdose.org.
It can be difficult to tell if a person is just very high or experiencing an overdose. If you’re having a hard time telling the difference, it is best to treat the situation like an overdose – it could save someone’s life.
Typical signs of an overdose include:
If someone is making unfamiliar sounds while sleeping, it is worth trying to wake him or her up. Many loved ones of users think a person was snoring, when in fact the person was overdosing. These situations can be a missed opportunity to intervene and save a life.