There are many different possible overdose symptoms, depending on the person and what they have taken. Before you do anything else, ask the person:
- “Are you okay?”
- “Do you remember where you are?”
- “Did you arrive with a friend?”
- “Have you been drinking alcohol?”
- “Have you taken any RX drugs or other drugs?”
The 911 Good Samaritan Law says that a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an alcohol- or drug-related overdose may not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, or penalized for simple drug possession.
After calling 911, stay with the person until first responders arrive.
When first responders arrive, tell them about any symptoms you have observed and (if you know) tell them what drugs the person took.