How do I recognize signs of an opioid overdose?
No response to stimuli
Shallow, labored or no breathing
Cannot be woken up
Snoring or gurgling
Blue/grey lips or finger tips
Floppy arms or legs
What should I do if I see an overdose?
•Check for danger
•Call an ambulance and stay on the line
•Put the person in recovery position
•If you have access to Narcan, administer it
•If there has been no response within 3-5 minutes, and if you have it available, administer another dose of Narcan
What is Narcan?
Narcan is a medication that is easily administered via injection or as a nasal spray. It can rapidly reverse the effect of an overdose from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin.
How Does it Work?
When administered during an overdose, Narcan blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes to prevent death.
How to Respond to an Overdose:
Good Samaritan Law
Some individuals may fear that police responding to a 911 call will result in criminal charges for themselves or for the person who overdosed. Those fears should NEVER stop anyone from calling 911 immediately. It may be a matter of life or death.
In September 2011, the 911 Good Samaritan Law went into effect to address fears about police responding to an overdose. This law provides significant legal protection against criminal charges and prosecution for possession of controlled substances, as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. This protection applies to both the person seeking assistance in good faith, and to the person who has overdosed. Class A-1 drug felonies, as well as sale or intent to sell controlled substances, are not covered by the Good Samaritan Law.
FREE Training and Narcan Kit
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cortland County Health Department, Room 107
60 Central Ave. Cortland, New York 13045
Walk ins welcome
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