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HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

What does an overdose look like?

My son comes home from work and passes out on the couch every night. I know he's using again. Half the time he's barely responsive, even if I try to wake him up. I'm scared that he's going to have an overdose and I won't even realize it. How do I know if he's overdosing or just passed out?
Sean D If he is barely responsive, I would immediately call an ambulance. Regaining consciousness in a hospital may be the wake-up call he needs in order to see the seriousness of his situation. I would suggest drug testing him to confirm what you suspect and let him know that you cannot have him using in your home.
Olivia K From what it sounds like, your son is using opioids. Someone who has overdosed on opioids will be unresponsive to outside stimulus, have slow breathing, dilated pupils, amongst many other signs. If you are not sure, or he is unresponsive, call 911 immediately.