You Overdose on Drugs

Drug overdose happens. Sometimes people are lucky and they come out of it okay. Other times they come out of their overdose with physical or mental problems. Or they end up in a coma. Or they die.

An overdose can happen when:

  • You take too much of a drug or too many drugs
  • You use too many different drugs or mix drugs
  • You just try a drug … even once


In 2015, almost 550,000 people in the United States visited the emergency room due to drug poisoning.  Over 25% of those visits were related to opioids.

Source: 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.