Steps to Save a Life

How to save a person from an overdose:

The DO's:

  • Call 911- getting help fast is very important to save a person's life
  • Breathe for the person if they aren’t able to breathe from themselves
  • Put the person on their side if they are breathing for themselves because they might vomit
  • Make sure to stay with the person and keep them warm

The DON'Ts:

  • Never waste time
  • Don’t put the person into a cold shower, ice bath because it might put them into shock
  • Don’t try to make the person vomit because they might choke or inhale the vomit into their lungs

Depressant or Sedative Overdose

Signs of a Depressant or Sedative Overdose:

  • Mental confusion
  • Unresponsive
  • Snoring/Gasping for air
  • Throwing up
  • Hypothermia: cold and clammy skin
  • Erratic breathing
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Paleness or blueness of skin

What To Do If Someone is Experiencing a Depressant or Sedative Overdose:

  • Call 911
  • Place the individual in the "Recovery Position"
  • Stay with them the entire time until Emergency Personnel Arrive
  • If possible, find out what substances they had
  • When the emergency personnel arrive, cooperate and answer any questions they may have

Opioid Overdose

Signs of an Opioid Overdose:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Confusion/Delirium, “acting drunk”
  • Sleepiness/Inability to wake up
  • Breathing problems
  • Cold/clammy or bluish skin (Tip: Look for initial signs around the lips or under the fingernails)

What to Do If Someone is Experiencing an Opioid Overdose:

  • Check Responsiveness
  • Perform Rescue Breathing
  • Administer Naloxone
  • Call 911

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