Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Overdose

Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Overdose

If you fear that someone you care about has overdosed on drugs, call 911 immediately. You don’t want to risk the life of a person you love when a matter of minutes can mean life or death.

If you are concerned that someone you care about might be abusing prescription drugs and may be in danger of overdosing, we can help.

No prescription drug is completely safe. All prescription drugs and many over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous if taken incorrectly. Opiate and narcotic painkillers (such as Percocet) are particularly prone to being abused, as are amphetamines (stimulants such as Adderall), and benzodiazepines (relaxants such as Xanax).

Symptoms of Drug Overdose

Keep in mind that every drug is different. If you know what kind of drug you or your loved one has taken, read the overdose symptoms for that particular drug. In many instances, the first signs of an overdose look very similar to the signs of intoxication. Never take chances. Some common symptoms of overdose include the following:

  • Unusual behavior
  • Slurred speech or speech that seems pressured or sped-up
  • Changes in the prescription drug user’s eyes, such as pupil dilation or lack of focus
  • Dizziness, staggering or shaking
  • Sleepiness, passing out, coma, or unresponsiveness
  • Tingling in hands, feet or other body parts
  • Digestive problems such as vomiting, nausea or diarrhea
  • Headaches, hallucinations or visual disturbances
  • Changes in breathing or pulse

Remember that this list is not all-inclusive. Always call 911 if someone has overdosed, taken an incorrect dosage of medicine or shows signs of distress.

What to Do if Someone Overdoses on Purpose

If someone you love has indicated that he or she has intentionally overdosed in the past, or intends to overdose, it is essential that you seek help. You may fear that the person you care about will be angry with you, but you owe it to yourself not to take any risks in this life-and-death matter.

There are therapy options that can help. There are now specialty rehabs that help people overcome mental health issues and substance abuse problems at the same time. These integrated treatment centers offer hope if you need to get well quickly. Call us to learn more.

If you are considering overdosing on drugs, please call us. We can help. Take a moment to speak with a supportive counselor now.

After an Overdose Has Been Treated

If you or the person you care about has survived an overdose, you are very lucky indeed. Now is the time to insure that this does not happen again. The best way to get help is through a structured rehab program, complete with counseling services. We offer live phone counselors who can help you find resources for you and your family, help you arrange for interventions, family counseling, rehab care and more.

Help Finding Rehab Treatment after Prescription Drug Overdose

We offer a toll-free, 24 hour helpline that is staffed by caring counselors who specialize in prescription drug addiction, drug abuse and mental health care placement. Our counselors take the time to listen to your unique story and help you find the best treatment match for you and your family. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to learn more. Call us today.