Overdose cases require a real quick intervention. Outside help can make the difference between life and death in most cases.
But the key is to stay calm, even the person in front of you turns yellowish or blueish, giving hints that he can’t breathe. There are a few steps to follow :
- Call an ambulance
- Don’t give them anything to drink or eat
- Don’t try to make the person vomit
- Administer naloxone ( no need to find a vein for it)
- Check the pulse and the breathing state
- Provide mouth-to-mouth breathing if needed
- If the person is unconscious, tilt the head back and lift the chin to help them breathe
- Take the drug container to hospital
The recovery from an overdose may be for a short period or ongoing treatment. One’s tolerance to overdose depends on a series of factors as health, age or how the substance was introduced into the body. Overdose can be induced with alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed or over-the-counter medications and some herbal remedies.
Nowadays, fentanyl carries the biggest blame for overdose deaths across Canada and B.C. In the first half of 2018, ambulance staff recorded 700 deaths from it and 6,000 calls for help. The attention should also move to prescribed painkillers, like oxycodone and morphine, that can induce coma and death, with inappropriate usage. Statistics promptly affirm that 50% of overdoses were caused by prescription drugs.
Naloxone Slow Down The Overdose Effects
Naloxone kit is an effective and easy to use saving-tool, often provided for free. But is only a temporal antidote (30 mins) and require further specialized treatment.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19 Interior Health organize an event to increase the overdose awareness and suggest ways to reduce the unwanted effects of opioids. Speakers from Interior Health, local and First Nations health authorities will take the word and create a flow of ideas with community members. The event lasts 3 hours, starting at 5 p.m. and offer dinner. For more information about Naloxone usage and facts, see the clip below.
Shawn and his wife live remotely in a 880-square-foot cabin along with their three dogs. They implemented many of the things they learned from the internet and trial and error. They have been helped by so many contributors over the years and desire to now return the favor to other Canadian Homsteading readers. They heat with a woodstove and cut firewood by hand from their 11 acres. They went back to the land and are essentially do-it-yourself people.