Know how to help during an opioid overdose
Opioids are drugs that are sometimes prescribed for short-term pain relief. They are also sometimes sold on the street to get high. People who use them over long periods of time—or mix them with other drugs or alcohol—are at greater risk of overdosing. If you know someone who uses opioids, it's good to know how to help them in an emergency.
How to respond to an opioid overdose
Tell them what the person took, if you know.
If available, this medicine can stop overdoses fast.
Start first aid
Check if the person is breathing. If not, do CPR until help arrives.
Offer to help them find treatment after the emergency.
To find treatment resources near you, visit FindTreatment.gov or call 800.662.HELP (800.662.4357).
- MedlinePlus. "Opioid Overdose." https://medlineplus.gov/opioidoverdose.html.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Opioid Overdose." https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/medications-counseling-related-conditions/opioid-overdose.