Signs of an overdose

An overdose might look different from one person to the next. But there are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone may have overdosed on an opioid like fentanyl or any other drug.

Look for these signs if you think someone may have overdosed:

  • Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
  • Severe sleepiness or person is not moving / responsive
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Person may be choking, or you can hear gurgling sounds
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Pupils are tiny
  • If you suspect someone may have overdosed call 911 immediately, time is of the essence.

Toward the Heart has an Overdose Survival Guide that can help you save a life. It is also available in multiple languages:

BC Centre for Disease Control: Call 911 if you witness an overdose