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Opioid use is often rooted in deep struggles with physical and psychological pain, often complicated by additional substance use. If you feel you are or may be dependent on opioids or similar drugs, specially trained professionals are available to help you. To view recovery resources in your area and make an appointment, visit Fast-Tracker.

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides guidance about the signs of overdose and overmedication.

If You Suspect an Overdose 

An opioid overdose requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know exhibits any of the symptoms listed below. Give a clear address and/or description of your location.

Signs of overdose, which is a life-threatening emergency, include the following:

  • Face is extremely pale and/or clammy to the touch
  • Body is limp
  • Fingernails or lips have a blue or purple color
  • Person is vomiting or making gurgling noises
  • Person cannot be awakened from sleep or is unable to speak.
  • Breathing is very slow or stopped
  • Heartbeat is very slow or stopped

Signs of overmedication, which may progress to overdose, include:

  • Unusual sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Mental confusion, slurred speech or intoxicated behavior
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Extremely small “pinpoint” pupils
  • Slow heartbeat or low blood pressure
  • Difficulty in being awakened from sleep

Call 911 immediately if you or someone else exhibits any of these symptoms.

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You can connect with mental health and recovery resources throughout the state, through a real-time, searchable directory of providers and resources. Fast-Tracker is a virtual community and health care connection resource. It connects individuals, families, mental health and substance use disorder providers, physicians, care coordinators and others with a real-time, searchable directory of mental health and substance use disorder resources and their availability within and throughout Minnesota. The directory displays up-to-date provider availability and access to referral resources.

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