Who is at risk of an opioid overdose?
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Everyone is susceptible to overdose when opioids are misused or abused, or black market drugs are consumed. Every person is different. There is no exact way to know how much of a certain drug, or combination of drugs, will lead to an overdose. Anyone who uses opioids (prescription and non-prescription) is at risk.
Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose include:
- choking, gurgling, or snoring sounds
- very small pupils
- very slow or no breathing
- blue lips or nails
- cold and clammy skin
- person cannot be woken up