Drug Overdose: Signs and Symptoms

Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms | Drug Treatment in Charlotte NC

Over the course of the past several blog posts, we have been discussing drug overdoses and the associated dangers. Below, you'll find several signs and symptoms to watch for, should you suspect that someone has too many drugs in their system. If you do notice these signs after drugs have been ingested, please don't hesitate to contact 911. It could literally be a matter of life and death, as a body that's ingested too many drugs can't metabolize them, causing a buildup of toxic substances that could result in death.

Life Threatening Problems with Vital Signs (Increased, Decreased or Absent)

  • Temperature
  • Pulse rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Blood pressure

External Signs

  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Aspiration of vomit (Breathing it into the lungs)
  • Cool and sweaty or hot and dry skin
  • Shortness of breath (slow, rapid, shallow or deep breaths)
  • Chest pains caused by lung or heart damage
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in bowel movements

Internal Signs

  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding

Drug overdose death rates in the U.S. have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2009, more than 37,000 people died from drug overdoses, and many of these deaths were caused by prescription painkiller opiate drugs, such as oxycodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

What Can We Do to Reduce Overdoses?

The best, and most effective, safe and healthy way to prevent overdose is by abstaining from drug use in the first place. Drugs are dangerous and can cause serious health problems, even when an overdose doesn't happen. It's important to really consider using drugs before deciding to actually do so. Preventing drug use is the best way to prevent an overdose.

Do you know someone who is at risk for overdosing on drugs? Consider getting them the help they need. While you might be worried that offering help will make things worse, it's worth a try. You never know how they'll react until you offer your help. Enlightening them on alternative therapies, like the ones that Legacy Freedom offers, might just be the one thing that helps.

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If you, or someone you know is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get help. While it’s easy to believe that you are alone in this struggle, that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous people dealing with addiction in the world.

Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact Legacy Freedom when you need drug treatment in Charlotte NC. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.

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