Things you can do to prevent overdosing.1) Avoid mixing drugs 7) Beware of tar and powder2) Test the dope strength differences3) Do test shots 8) Stay cool and hydrated4) Prepare your own drugs when using stimulants5) Learn to hit yourself if you don’t know how 9) Avoid using alone or when6) Use caution when you are in a your sick new city, using a different 10) Have a plan brand, or copping from a new dealer
BEWARE OF YOUR DRUG’S QUALITYStrength varies from batch to batch, fromdealer to dealer, from city to city. The plaintruth is that when copping on the street you never really know what your going to get.
USE CAUTION WHEN YOU’RE SICKWhen your body is already weak it has a decreased ability to cope with intoxication.
RECOGNIZING AN OVERDOSE1) UNCONSIOUSNESS 2) BLUE SKIN, especially their lips 3)Not breathing or shallow or irregular breathing 4) Slow, quiet or no pulse at all5)Choking, snoring,or gurgling sounds6) Lying in their own vomit
SOME COMMON PREVENTION MYTHSMyth 1- Walking people Myth 5- Injecting around helps. people with salt water is an antidote.Myth 2- Putting people in cold baths wakes them up.Myth 3 - Hurting, hitting or burning can bring them out of an overdose.Myth 4 – Injecting cocaine will wake them right up.
Before performingrescue breathing…1) Open his/her mouth to clear their airway2) Sweep a finger inside their mouth to remove anything you see from gum to vomit (wearing a glove is ideal)3) Once the mouth is cleared place your head next to their nose and mouth4) LISTEN for breathing, snoring, gurgling or wheezing5) LOOK at the chest to see if it is rising or falling
If they are breathing slowly or not at all BEGIN RESCUE BREATHING Use the head-tilt chin lift method to open the airway as illustrated
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO RESCUE BREATHING1)Put one hand under the 4) Place the barrier over neck and lift up the mouth2) Place fingers of the 5) Pinch the nose other hand on forehead 6) Take a deep breath and tilt the head back 7) Cover the mouth with3) Tilt the head back yours without closing the 8) Establish a tight seal mouth (mouth to mouth)
Steps to rescue breathing continued…9) Give two slow breaths 11) Count to 4 between10) Blow enough air in breaths ( one-one thousand, the mouth to make two-one thousand, three- sure that the chest one thousand, four-one rises. If the chest does thousand ) not rise, gently tilt the 12) Breath again head further back and try again
Continue rescue breathing until:• The person starts breathing on their own• An ambulance arrives• Someone can take over
If all goes well You Just saved someone’s life