What to know about an opiate overdose

  • Some of the opioids that can cause an overdose: Morphine, Heroin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Codeine.
  • What does someone who is overdosing look like? It can be hard to tell if someone is just high or if they are overdosing. If you aren’t sure it is best to act as if they are overdosing.   
  • What should I do if I think someone is overdosing? 
    • ​Assess (are they breathing)
    • Stimulate (try to arouse them)
    • Put them in a safe position
    • Call 911 
    • Perform rescue breathing

What is Narcan ( naloxone)?

In an overdose, opioids can slow breathing to the point of death. Narcan blocks the opioids and restores normal breathing temporarily when it is sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed. It is safe, easy to administer and has no potential for abuse.  After administering Narcan call 911 for emergent medical treatment of the overdose.