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Symptoms of Overdose

Prescription Drug Opioid

  • Cold and sweaty skin
  • Confusion
  • Shaking
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coma

Heroin

  • Slow and shallow breathing
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Clammy skin
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Possible death

Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents, they are at a high risk of overdose or death. 

Many people die from pain medicine overdoses. In fact, more people overdose from pain medicines every year than from heroin and cocaine combined. 

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