How to Recognize an Opioid Overdose

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Opioids are currently the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. During an overdose, breathing can be dangerously slowed or stopped, causing brain damage or death. You don't have to be a medical professional to identify the signs or help, the important thing is to act quickly. 

Opioid Overdose Signs Include:

  • Small constricted "pinpoint" pupils 
  • Reduced level/loss of consciousness 
  • Slow shallow breathing 
  • Choking or gurgling sounds 
  • Limp body 
  • Pale, blue or cold/clammy skin 

Taking opioids that you buy off the street or from a friend can increase the risk of opioid overdose as there's no certainty of how strong the drug is or what might be mixed in with it!