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A drug overdose occurs when a person takes more than the recommended amount of a drug. While drug overdoses can be intentional, most are accidental and unintentional. An overdose can lead to toxic drug levels in the body — such as from illegal drugs, narcotics, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medicines — and lead to life-threatening complications.
Dignity Health offers immediate treatment for drug overdose in Arizona, as part of our emergency services. You should call 9-1-1 right away if you suspect an overdose.
Symptoms of overdose depend on the kind of drug(s) taken. Toxic levels of prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs can cause a wide range of serious side effects.
Some examples of drug overdose symptoms are:
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 for emergency medical care.
The following risk factors make you more likely to have a drug overdose:
Treatment for overdose will depend on the type of drug(s) taken. For suspected overdoses, always call 9-1-1.
While waiting for assistance, you can help someone that has had an overdose by following these steps:
For less severe situations that still require a trip to the ER, use our InQuicker™ online tool and select your estimated hospital arrival time. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a doctor who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care.