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Accidental or intentional drug overdose may take place when a person ingests a large dose of a certain medicine. This happens because the metabolism cannot expend the heavy dosage. This kind of overdose may threaten the vital signs of the patient’s body including the temperature, the blood pressure and even the pulse rate.
HOW IS DRUG OVERDOSE DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would advise that lab tests be carried out to determine whether there has been any damage to organs. Drug screening would be performed and the drug levels in the blood would be measured
HOW IS DRUG OVERDOSE TREATED?
Treatment would depend on the drug and the amount of time that has lapsed since the overdose. The stomach of the individual would be pumped to remove unabsorbed drugs. Activated charcoal could be administered to keep the drug in the stomach and intestine by binding it and preventing it from being absorbed by the body .
DID YOU KNOW?
People with certain mental illnesses need the help of family and friends to assist with medication therapy and to lend social support. Drug abusers also need this same support in order to stay clean and safe.