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Signs of an Opioid Overdose‚Äč

When a person overdoses, breathing will slow dangerously and may stop altogether, eventually leading to brain damage or death.

Signs of an opioid overdose may include the below, but not all these signs may be present during an overdose.

  • Blue or purple fingernails and lips
  • Unresponsive to voice or touch
  • Pinpoint pupils (center part of eye is very small)
  • Slow, irregular, or stopped breathing
  • Slow heartbeat or low blood pressure
  • Pale, clammy skin


If you suspect an opioid overdose, administer naloxone/Narcan and call 911 to get emergency medical assistance right away.

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