Be overdose aware - You could SAVE A LIFE

Using again after a break can increase your risk big time.

Your risk of overdose is higher if you:

  • Mix drugs, or use a drug combination

  • Use diverted Methadone compared to Suboxone (bupe strips)

  • Use a larger amount, or higher purity, than usual

  • Inject instead of using other ways (e.g. swallowing, snorting, smoking)

  • Use while sick with an infection, high temperature or being run down

  • Use alone with no one to knock up or call for help. Overdosing alone can end in death.

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How to recognise and respond to an overdose on opioids or downers

  • Person's breathing is shallow, slow, irregular; or they may not be breathing at all
  • Person may be making sounds like snoring, gurgling or choking
  • Difficult or impossible to be woken up; not responding
  • Change in skin colour on lips and fingertips.
  • Grey colour if skin is dark, or a blueish colour if skin is light.
  • Skin may be cool to touch
  • Small pupils in the eyes
  • If a person is intoxicated (stoned or drunk), they should be seen by a nurse or doctor, and can get treatment to make them and other people safe.

What’s your overdose survival plan?

  • Play your part in overdose education.
  • Everyone should know to knock up in case of overdose.
  • If you’re on your own and feel yourself drifting away, breathe deeply and knock up or call out.

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