Drug Overdose

What Is Drug Intoxication?

Also known as drug overdose, represents a high level of drug intoxication—at such a level that it impairs normal functions.

Drug intoxication/overdose symptoms

  • Varying spikes from normal body temperature (e.g., hyperthermia/hypothermia).
  • Passing out or an loss of consciousness.
  • Skin color changes (e.g., pallor or bluish tint to skin if a respiratory depressant was used; ruddy or flushed after cardiovascular overuse).
  • Abnormal breathing.
  • Fast, slowed, or irregular pulse.

Drug intoxication treatment

The steps for getting patients treatment include

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Check heart rate
  • Perform CPR
  • Provide first aid
  • Gain information from drugs used