Opioid Overdose: What Happens and What to Do

Opioid Overdose: What Happens and What to Do The largest risks that come with using opioids are addiction and overdose. An overdose occurs when the body has received too much of a substance or a combination of substances. An opioid overdose can be fatal, which makes it important for all individuals to know the signs of one and what to do if it happens. What Happens During an Opioid Overdose? Opioid overdose can occur at any time, even if the opioids are being used as directed and as prescribed. Doctors can accidentally over-prescribe medications or the body can have a reaction that wasn’t expected. Opioids are a depressant, meaning they slow down the central nervous system. This is how opioids and benzodiazepines can be effective in helping the symptoms associated with anxiety. However, if too many opioids are taken, the body can become so depressed that the brain stops working its essential functions — such as breathing and heart activity — which leads to coma or death. Signs and Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose There can be many signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Some of the major key symptoms to look out for include: Face is extremely pale and/or feels clammy to the touch Body begins to go limp Fingernails and/or lips have a purple or blue color Vomiting and/or gurgling noises Unable to speak or respond Slow breathing and slow heart rate What to Do During an Opioid Overdose If you think an individual is having an opioid overdose, follow these steps...
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Publication date: Available online 17 February 2020Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal MedicineAuthor(s): Roger W. ByardAbstractIn previous years individuals with tattoos were thought to have a higher rate of mental illness and risk taking behaviour. With the widespread adoption of tattoos in Western countries in recent years this negative association has been questioned. An issue which arises, however, is that “tattooing” is a heterogeneous activity that covers a wide spectrum of designs and motivations. To examine the characteristics of individuals presenting to medicolegal autopsy with “expletive tat...
Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine - Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: research
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C9OB02762A, PaperXirong Zheng, Xiabin Chen, Ting Zhang, Max Zhan, Chang-Guo Zhan, Fang Zheng Majority of cocaine users also consume alcohol. Concurrent use of cocaine and alcohol produces pharmacologically active metabolites cocaethylene and norcocaethylene, in addition to norcocaine. Both cocaethylene and norcocaethylene are more... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
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Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C9OB02760B, Review ArticleBhaskar Paul, Milan Maji, Kaushik Chakrabarti, Sabuj Kundu Construction of new C-C, C-N and C-O bonds by replacing hazardous and waste generating chemicals, with alcohols as the greener and sustainable reagents is one of the emerging area of... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
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MySafe scheme for addicts aims to help reduce overdose deaths in Canadian cityA vending machine for powerful opioids has opened in Canada as part of a project to help fight the Canadian city ’s overdose crisis.The MySafe project, which resembles a cash machine, gives addicts access to a prescribed amount of medical quality hydromorphone, a drug about twice as powerful as heroin.Continue reading...
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ABSTRACT Objectiv:e to analyze the relationship of anxiety and depression in the preoperative period with the presence of pain in the postoperative period. Method: cohort study conducted at a university hospital in the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil), between february and July 2017, with 65 patients. A collection instrument was elaborated for the demographic and clinical characteristics. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was used to assess anxiety and depression; pain intensity was measured using the Verbal Numerical Scale. Data were submitted to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Results: according t...
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Conclusion: it is necessary to invest in the practice of religiosity, spirituality and personal beliefs, as a health strategy, since they have shown an impact on the decrease of depression and a significant increase in quality of life.RESUMEN Objetivo: analizar la relaci ón de predictores sociodemográficos, morbilidad, puntaje indicativo de depresión, así como el papel mediador de la religiosidad, espiritualidad y creencias personales sobre la calidad de vida. Método: estudio transversal realizado entre marzo y julio de 2016, con 613 personas mayores aplicando instrumentos Spirituality, R...
Source: Texto e Contexto - Enfermagem - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Collaborative knowledge generation and involvement of users is known to improve health promotion intervention development, but research about the roles and perspectives of users in the co-creation process is sparse. This research aimed to study how young p...
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BACKGROUND: Self-harm (SH) is among the strongest risk factors for eventual suicide death yet there are limited data on which interventions are most effective for treating SH in youth. METHODS: This single-blind, pilot randomized controlled trial e...
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Little is known about sex differences in outcomes of self-harm, and there are inconclusive results concerning the association between sex, self-harm, and suicide attempts. The aim of this study was to explore sex differences in outcomes of self-harm in ado...
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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In the group of severe mental disorders, psychotic depression (PD) is essentially under-researched. Knowledge about the risk factors is scarce and this applies especially to early risk factors. Our aim was to study early childhood a...
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