Save a Life

What an Overdose Looks Like

Taking too many opioids can lead to an overdose. During an overdose, breathing can dangerously slow or stop, causing brain damage or death. Here’s what to look for:

  • Blue, gray, or purple, lips and fingernails
  • Pinpoint pupils (pupils are the black circle in the center of each eye)
  • Breathing that is very slow, irregular, or has stopped
  • Not waking up or responding to voice or touch
  • Items around that look like drug use

What to Do If Someone Overdoses

  • Tap the person and shout to see if they wake up
  • Call 911
  • Prepare to give naloxone and stay with the person until help arrives.

(Click here to find naloxone in New Orleans.)