Talking to Patients About Opioids and Overdose
Preventing an Overdose
- Anyone taking any opioid is at risk of an overdose and should have naloxone.
- Mixing alcohol or benzodiazepines with opioids increases the risk of overdose.
- If you want help to stop taking opioids call (410) 433-5175.
- Store naloxone at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
- Tell your loved ones where the naloxone is kept.
- Obtain naloxone refills as needed.
Recognizing an Overdose
- Decreased respiratory activity
- Lips and/or fingernails turning blue or gray
Reversing an Overdose
- Attempt to wake the person
- Call 911 and stay with the person until first responders arrive
- Administer naloxone and additional doses if needed.
- Even if the person wakes up in opioid withdrawal, they should not take more opioids as another overdose could occur