How to Spot the Signs of an Opioid Overdose

October 17, 2017  |  Pharmaceuticals, Opioids, Public Entities

Unfortunately, the problem of opioid overdose has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Tens of thousands of people die each year, and there is no indication that this crisis will end anytime soon. That’s why it’s so important that you learn how to spot the signs of a potential overdose if someone you love is taking one of these dangerous medications.

Be Alert

If you know someone taking an opioid, here are some of the warning signs of an overdose.

  • Shallow breathing – This is one of the most obvious signs that someone is suffering an overdose. Opioid intoxication is usually accompanied by breathing that is much slower and shallower than normal.
  • Loss of consciousness/lack of responsiveness – Another indication of an opioid overdose is when someone seems to be in a sedated state. If you loudly call the person’s name and shake them but they don’t respond, there is a chance that an overdose is occurring.
  • Discoloration of skin – Another alarming sign of an overdose is evidence of any sort of discoloration of the lips, fingernails or skin. If they have a grayish or bluish tint, that could be an indication of an overdose.

Call 911 immediately if you have any reason to suspect that someone is suffering from an opioid overdose. While waiting for an ambulance, do whatever you can in order to try and keep the person awake. Rub the person’s chest vigorously to try and stimulate normal breathing. Also, make sure his or her airway is clear to reduce the chances of choking if the person vomits.

Baron & Budd is representing several public entities in lawsuits aimed at forcing pharmaceutical companies to accept responsibility for the role they have played in this national crisis. Please contact us online or call 866-320-4662 for more information.

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