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Know the signs of opioid overdose

University Business, June 2018

In his trainings with students, faculty and staff, Detective Sgt. Robert McEvoy, of the Bridgewater State University Police in Massachusetts, details the following signs of an opioid overdose.

These signs are:


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  • Difficulty breathing, or not  breathing
  • Pinpoint-sized pupils
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Slumped over
  • A blue tinge around lips and fingernails

Unlike on TV, people rarely convulse when they are overdosing on opioids, he adds. And someone treated with naloxone still has to seek medical attention.

The drug lasts 90 minutes at most, and a person can begin suffering an overdose again when it wears off.