Opioid Overdose

What does an overdose look like?

Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Here are some things to look for:

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)

What should I do if I think someone is overdosing?

If you think someone may be overdosing:

  • Call 911 Immediately.
  • Administer naloxone, if available.
  • Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  • Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  • Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives.
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OASAS Overdose

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication approved by the FDA to rapidly reverse opioid overdose by binding to opioid receptors and blocking the drug's effect. This is typically a nasal spray. Naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain further medical attention as soon as possible after administering/receiving naloxone.

Levittown Community Action Coalition, in partnership with YES Community Counseling Center, provides free Naloxone trainings and kits on a need-by-need basis. If you or your organization would like a training, please reach out to lcac@yesccc.org or by calling Hannah Moore at 516-719-0313 ext 223.


New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports

NYS OASAS's mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by leading a comprehensive system of addiction services for prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To address the increasing number of overdose deaths related to both prescription opioids and illicit drugs, the CDC created a website to educate people who use drugs about the dangers of illicitly manufactured fentanyl, the risks and consequences of mixing drugs, and the importance of reducing stigma around recovery and treatment options.