Opioid Overdose – Prescription for change

Recognize Overdose

  • Won't respond to noise or light
  • Slow or no breathing
  • Bluish lips and/or fingertips
  • Pinned pupils


Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Specifically, naloxone allows an overdose victim to breathe normally. It is not addictive and cannot be abused.

Who should have NALOXONE?

If you or someone you care about:

  • Uses alcohol, benzodiazepines, or muscle relaxers with opioids
  • Has liver, kidney, or breathing problems
  • Uses illicit opioids such as heroine or fentanyl
  • Are concerned that someone close to you may overdose

Respond to Overdose

  • Stimulate by calling their name or gently shaking them
  • Call 911
  • Administer Naloxone if available
  • Perform CPR if you know how
  • If no response in 3-5 minutes, give another dose of naloxone

Prevent Overdose

Opioids can be dangerous.

  • Avoid opioids if you have liver, kidney, or breathing problems.
  • Don't take opioids not prescribed to you.
  • Don't take opioids with benzodiazepines such as Xanax, muscle relaxers, or alcohol.
  • Don't take more pills or more often than prescribed.
  • Tolerance can change if you don't use or use less for a short period of time.
  • Changes in quality or purity of street drugs, including fake pills can increase opioid risk.

Even if you take as prescribed, higher doses of opioids can increase opioid risk.

Naloxone Training

Training on recognizing and responding to opioid overdose is available for first responders and community members. Contact overdose.prevention@odmhsas.org for more information.

Get Free Naloxone, No doctor visit required

Naloxone is also available at many pharmacies across Oklahoma.