An opioid overdose happens when someone takes an excessive amount of opioids. Opioids affect the part of the brain that controls breathing. During an overdose, breathing slows and may even stop.
If you believe someone is having an overdose, call 911 immediately. Opioid overdoses can be reversed with naloxone, which blocks opioid receptors in the brain.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call Mountainside at 888 833 4676.