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How does someone die by narcotic overdose?

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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 22 years experience
Stop breathing: Typically narcotic overdose affects the part if the brain that keeps us breathing while we are unconscious and individuals who overdose just stop breathing. Some narcotics can cause abnormal heart rhythms and death. Another common cause of death is aspiration (food/liquid, such as vomit) going into the lungs after becoming unconscious.

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