It may be hard to tell if a person is high or experiencing an overdose. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to treat it like an overdose – you could save a life.
What to do in an overdose situation
CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY IF YOU SUSPECT AN OVERDOSE.
Check your Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Card.
Common signs of an opioid overdose include:
- Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils"
- Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Choking sounds or snore-like gurgling sounds
- Limp body
- Pale, blue, or cold skin
It is rare for someone to die immediately from an overdose. When people survive, it’s because someone was there to respond. The most important thing is to act right away!
- Try to wake the person up.
- Call 911 immediately.
- Give naloxone, if available.
- Check pulse and breathing.
- Begin rescue breathing or follow dispatcher instructions.
- Repeat naloxone, if needed.
- Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
- Stay with them until emergency services arrive.
Recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose
In Idaho, anyone with a valid reason can ask for a prescription for naloxone from a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist. You can get it for you or a loved one, the naloxone does not need to be intended for your own use.
Individuals - Find naloxone/Narcan near you
Organizations - Request free naloxone by submitting a Naloxone Request Form
Do you or your loved one have Medicaid? Naloxone is covered. Friends, family, or the individual may request a prescription at their local pharmacy. Bring the Medicaid number and patient name with you.
Someone who administers naloxone to a person who appears to be experiencing an opioid overdose is legally protected by Idaho’s Good Samaritan Law.
However, there are certain restrictions to this law. If you provide first aid, keep it simple and be safe. Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Medical professionals will treat the patient when they arrive.