Drug overdose is a health issue that claims thousands of live across America each year. Opioid overdose and addiction in particular has reached epidemic proportions. Drug or alcohol overdose happens when a person takes more of a substance than the body can process. In response, body systems shut down, resulting in seizures, loss of consciousness, cardiac arrest and even death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 50,000 people lost their lives to drug overdose in 2015, the last year reported. Opioids were responsible for 35,000 of those deaths.1
NOTE: If you believe that someone you are with is overdosing or if you believe that you have taken too much of any drug or alcohol and are at risk, call 911 immediately.