What does a drug overdose look like?

Overdoses on opioids, including fentanyl, can be identified by a combination of three signs and symptoms:

  • Pinpoint pupils

  • Falling asleep or loss of consciousness

  • Slow, shallow breathing

If you suspect that a person has overdosed on an opioid, call 911, administer naloxone, and place the person in the recovery position (if they are still breathing) to prevent asphyxiation on vomit. If a person is not breathing, perform CPR.


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