Warning Signs

Signs of Opioid Abuse

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Abscesses
  • Nasal problems
  • Collapsed veins
  • Nausea
  • Itching or flushed skin
  • Constipation
  • Nodding off

Withdrawal Symptoms*

  • Watery eyes, runny nose
  • Agitation, irritability, anxiety, insomnia
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Yawning
  • Abdominal cramping nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • *Opioid withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable, but not life threatening. It is recommended that you contact a doctor or treatment center.

Signs of Overdose

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Unconsciousness
  • Labored breathing, difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
  • Slow or erratic pulse
  • Clammy skin
  • Lips, fingers or face turn blue
  • Limp body
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Death Rattle – snore-like gurgling noise. This indicates emergency resuscitation is needed IMMEDIATELY.

Local survey: Your top source of prescription drugs

64.3% of local survey respondents said the top source of prescription opioids to get high are stealing from family followed by 56.7% who said they get them from friends.