Recognize

overdose signs

The overdose signs

  • Person won’t wake up even if you shake them or rub their breast bone
  • Breathing is slow, shallow or even stops. Gurgling or snoring noises
  • Lips and fingernails turn blue or gray
  • An exhaled breath with a very distinct, labored sound coming from the throat (death rattle) is a telltale sign a person is in a critical emergency medical state

Overmedication signs, which may progress to overdose:

  • Unusual sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Mental confusion, slurred speech, intoxicated behavior
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Difficulty waking the person from sleep

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