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An overdose occurs when a person has taken too much of a substance. Overdoses can be accidental or intentional. Accidental overdoses are a leading cause of death for people between the ages of 35 and 54 in the US.
Dignity Health doctors and nurses are trained to provide a full range of care for overdose in the Bay Area. We offer emergency care at several local hospitals:
If you suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 for immediate emergency care.
Overdose symptoms vary and depend on the substance involved. Types of overdose include:
Mild symptoms include slurred speech, unsteadiness, and drowsiness. Call 9-1-1 and seek immediate emergency care for severe symptoms, including:
Overdoses range from mild to severe and life threatening. A doctor should evaluate anyone with a suspected overdose of any kind of substance.
Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of overdose, including:
If you suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 for help. If the person is aggressive or out of control, do not put your own safety at risk. While you wait for help to arrive:
We understand an overdose can be scary. Rely on our experts at Dignity Health to quickly provide the care you need.
Dignity Health offers personal care for drug overdose in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.