For Patients

What is an Overdose?

 At least half of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. involve prescription opioids.

Why should I be concerned about overdose?


Prescription opioids can cause overdose.


Your breathing may slow or even stop completely.


Mixing opioids with alcohol or sedatives increases your danger for overdose.




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‘Injury Prevention & Control: Opioid Overdose.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016.

“Massachusetts Provisional Deaths 2011” Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Information, Statistics, Research, and Evaluation and the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, 2013.

Overdose Prevention Instructions courtesy of  Prescribe to Prevent