International Overdose Awareness Day

Do you know what an overdose looks like?

International Overdose Awareness day is held on 31 August each year. It is a time to raise awareness of the risk of overdose, how to spot the signs of an overdose and how you can respond to help save a life.

Anyone could be at risk of an overdose and it is important to know what to look out for and how to help. If you or anyone you know uses opiate drugs you can find out more about the Scottish “Take Home Naloxone” programme or how to access training on using naloxone which can reverse an opiate overdose.

To mark the day we have shared some graphics highlighting the signs of an overdose with posters about depressant and stimulant overdoses. You can find the post shared on our facebook and instagram pages.

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When someone overdoses you need to respond quickly.

Posted by Crew: mind altering on Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Common depressents include alcohol, GHB, valium and Xanax. Ketamine also slows breathing and the same first aid responses above would help.

Posted by Crew: mind altering on Wednesday, 29 August 2018