Learn to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.
Opioid overdose is typically characterized by severe difficulty breathing or not breathing at all, which can lead to death. The person will generally be nonresponsive and unconscious. Signs and symptoms include:
- Blue, purple or grayish skin tinge—especially in lips and nails
- Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
- Breathing is very slow or weak, or has stopped
- Breathing sounds unusual, with deep snoring, gurgling or wheezing
- Pale, cold and/or clammy skin
- The pulse is faint
- Falling asleep or losing consciousness
- Does not respond to stimulation
Many fatal opioid overdoses can be prevented by recognizing the
signs of an overdose and responding with an
overdose reversal medication.