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How can you tell if someone is seriously overdosing from an opiate?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Opiate overdose: They exhibit behaviors similar to being drunk or high. Slur words, confused often, stumble, incoordinated, sleepy, pin point pupils, personality changes, incoherent, always searching for another fix. Sometimes withdrawl symptoms, shakiness, sweating, pain, screaming or seizures. Sometimes comatose.
Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
Slow breathing: Pin point pupils, may stop breathing.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
If you are: worried then confront this individual about your concerns and maybe enter a voluntary detox program. Honesty is very helpful, however be read for a backlash. Many people that are lost in their addiction will be very angry and resentful towards this honesty. If needed, ask their family for help. Lastly, you can even call the authorities if they pose a risk to society or themselves.
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
The most serious: Side effect of opiates is respiratory depression which can cause death. Can appear awake but not breathe

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