How to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose

In 2010, the United States Center for Disease Control released information stating that deaths from drug overdose were the second most common cause of unintentional death in the U.S. Drug overdose can happen in an instant. It can be the result of a mistake, an intentional overdose, a reaction or drug abuse. Drug overdose can happen to anyone at any age, no matter how young or healthy that person may seem and no matter how long or short of a time they’ve been using drugs.

Any prescription or illegal drug can lead to overdose. Some more commonly abused prescription drugs include the following:

  • Opiate and narcotic painkillers, such as OxyContin
  • Benzodiazepines, downers or relaxants such as Valium
  • Amphetamines, stimulants such as Ritalin

Take Action Now to Prevent Overdose

An overdose can happen at any moment. Even if a person has been taking a particular drug for many years, he or she may have an adverse reaction that could be lethal. The best way to prevent an overdose is to get immediate help for yourself or the person you love. The best thing you can do when you seek help is to learn as much as you can. You want to learn more about drug detox, drug rehab and prescription drug addiction counselors.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Overdose

If you fear that your loved one has already overdosed, call 911 immediately. Remember to trust your instincts. If you feel that there is something wrong with your loved one, you might be right. You do not want to take a risk. Take note of the following overdose signs and symptoms, but remember that symptoms will vary dependency on the type and quantity of drug taken:

  • Agitation, anger or unusual behavior
  • Abnormal pupil size or changes in pupil size
  • Coma
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches or abdominal pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Problems breathing
  • Pulse changes
  • Shaking or seizures
  • Sleepiness

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Treat Prescription Drug Addiction Now

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