Legal Consequences of a Drug Overdose

Drug overdose can be accidental or intentional, but is always brought on by some act of abuse, such as the following situations:

  • Not following the dosage instructions labeled on prescribed medication
  • Mixing or combining drugs
  • Using drugs and alcohol simultaneously
  • Taking larger or more frequent doses than prescribed
  • Using illicit drugs
  • Not following directions or cautionary labels on over-the-counter medication

People decide to abuse drugs for several different reasons. Some know the risks they face and others may be oblivious to the dangers of using drugs. Whether you abuse prescription or recreational drugs, you risk your future with an unpredictable, life-threatening overdose. Many drug users know of the possible risks they face when abusing drugs, but may believe that overdose won’t happen to them. There are lesser-known consequences of a drug overdose, such as legal, financial, economical and social repercussions. These effects may not be deadly, but they can still devastate your future.

How a Drug Overdose Can Jeopardize Your Future

In addition to the many ways a drug overdose can damage your health, the following are many other ways an overdose can harm your future:

  • Losing your life or health insurance coverage
  • Increased health insurance costs
  • Legal penalties, fines and arrests
  • Lost custody of children if unable to provide appropriate care
  • Medical bills for treatment
  • Banned from school, teams, clubs or jeopardy to your job from a criminal record
  • Unable to get certain licenses, jobs or travel if criminally convicted
  • Damage to relationships

If you think that an overdose only affects people physically, think again.

How to Prevent a Drug Overdose

Overdosing on drugs does not condemn you to everlasting problems. Surviving an overdose should be seen as a second chance at life. The only guarantee for preventing a drug overdose is to avoid substance abuse altogether. Take your medication only as directed and refrain from illegal drug use. Those struggling with dependency or addiction must get treatment if they wish to prevent overdose or to avoid a legal encounter in the future. While an overdose can be a wake-up call, addiction still requires professional treatment for people to remain sober long-term.

Help for Drug Addiction

You never know when one pill, injection or snort will cause an overdose. If you or a loved one has lost control of your drug use, please get help now. You have a chance to prevent the many dangers that result from drug abuse. Please call our toll-free helpline today if you are ready to regain control over your life and put an end to your self-destructive behavior.

Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment program that will fit your individual needs. We are to here to listen and provide as much information as you need on addiction treatment. Your call is free and confidential, so call us today.