- Had a previous overdose
- Mixing opioids with alcohol, benzos, and/or cocaine
- Variation in strength and purity
- Tolerance changes: not using in awhile, been in treatment, been in jail
- Using alone
- Other physical problems such as asthma, weight loss, liver problems (Hepatitis C)
How To Lower Risk Of An Overdose
- Take tester shots, if unsure of purity.
- Partner up, have someone call you, leave door open, if you use alone.
- Use less after a period of abstinence; your tolerance is lowered.
- Avoid mixing alcohol/drugs.
Bystanders, Friends, Family can:
- Have them partner up, leave door open, know OD response actions, if someone is using alone
- Know it can take 1-3 hours for an overdose to occur, check on them
- If you witness an overdose, call 911, use recovery position, and/or use rescue breathing