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Many of these tragedies could have been prevented. But when it comes to overdoses a lot of people just don’t have the right information.
Get the facts about drug overdoses, as we debunk a few popular MYTHS below.
Fact: Drug overdose happens whenever a person takes too much of a drug. So it can definitely occur after the first use, depending on how much they take.
What it takes for an overdose to happen can be different for each person.
Fact: Though fatal overdose from only marijuana is not likely, it is still possible to take too much of the drug. This is especially the case with marijuana edibles since it's difficult for the user to tell how much THC they are injesting.
"The signs of using too much marijuana include:
Extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting. In some cases, these reactions can lead to unintentional injury such as a motor vehicle crash, fall, or poisoning."
Fact: Not necessarily. Many states have a "Good Samaritan" law, which provides limited immunity from arrest or prosecution for minor drug law violations for people who get help at the scene of an overdose.
Good Samaritan laws do not protect people from arrest for other offenses, such as selling or trafficking drugs. But they do protect the caller and overdose victim from arrest and/or prosecution for simple possession, possession of paraphernalia, and/or being under the influence.
Fact: Overdose can occur anytime a person takes too much of a drug. “Too much” varies from person to person.
Fact: It's not a good idea to give a person overdosing on drugs a cold bath or shower. When you change a person’s body temperature too quickly it may put them into shock and cause their body to shut down.
Fact: If a person takes larger doses than the doctor prescribed, there is a risk they can overdose. Opioid medication is powerful, and can be harmful or even deadly if used incorrectly.
Fact: Just like with other drugs, you can overdose on inhalants, even after using them once.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, here’s how: