Opioids are natural or synthetic drugs that are related to opium poppies. They can cause decreased pain, sedation, slowed breathing, euphoria, and constipation. Opioids can be swallowed, injected, inhaled, or snorted.
Overdose occurs when opioids slow breathing to a rate that does not provide enough oxygen for the body to perform its essential functions.
Overdose is more likely when:
Overdose can happen right after using, but usually occurs within 1-2 hours.
A person who overdoses will have some or all of the following symptoms:
People die from overdose because they stop breathing. The best thing you can do is to breathe for them.
If you have to leave, roll the person on their side.
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