The fear of many drug addicts and their loved ones is the thought of a drug stealing life; to get high and never wake up from it.  For many addicts, the need to increase the amount of a drug for the same euphoric feeling can have dire consequences.  Overdosing is not biased, and it only takes once to push it too far and endanger a life.  Whether you use drugs yourself, or you know someone who does then it is important to know the signs of an overdose so you can act quickly and possibly save a valuable life.  The list below is not exhaustive, but these are the most common symptoms of an overdose.

Some symptoms may include:

  • A narcoleptic-like sleep, or an overpowering drowsiness
  • Severe gastrointestinal and digestive issues including dry heaving, vomiting, and Diarrhea
  • A general disorientation displayed in a loss of balance, confusion, or comatose-like staring
  • Incoherent speech
  • Convulsions, seizures, or a general lack of body control
  • Trouble breathing, wheezing, or gasping for air
  • Hidden symptoms like internal bleeding and organ failure
  • An erratic pulse
  • Bloody discharges
  • Clammy skin or a feverish skin

It is important to realize that different drugs can cause different types of fatal reactions.  Some people fall asleep and never wake up, while others can have violent seizures moments before cardiac arrest.  Becoming knowledgeable about the specifics of certain drug overdoses can further increase the chances of saving a life.

Statistics show that deaths by overdose are on the rise for all drugs across the board.  Cocaine did see a significant drop between 2007 and 2014, but it has now caught back up with the other trends.  The only exception in the statistics’ sharp rise in deaths due to overdose is painkillers.  Painkiller deaths have plateaued for the past few years.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms due drug use, call 911 immediately and notify them of the substance that was used.  Even if the person is still able to communicate with you that could change in an instant.  Do not be afraid of getting into trouble if an illegal substance is causing the symptoms.  You can save a life.

The Springboard Center knows that recovery is important to you. That is why we are providing the best care for alcoholism and drug addiction possible to the Permian Basin and beyond. Our goal is to provide quality residential treatment that restores the health and dignity of our clients and their families. Together, we gain raise community awareness and heal lives. Call us today for information: (432) 620-0255