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Recognizing an Opioid Overdose

Signs of an Opioid Overdose

The symptoms of an overdose differ from those of someone who is only under the influence.

  • Awake but unable to talk
  • Body is limp
  • Face is pale or clammy
  • Fingernails or lips turn blue or purple
  • Breathing is shallow or has stopped
  • Choking sounds
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsive to outside stimulus

If you notice any of these signs, it is important that you do not leave the person alone.  Individuals who survive an overdose do so because someone was there to respond.