Recognizing an Overdose

An overdose is when more drugs have been taken than the body can handle. Depending on the type of drug taken, overdose can look different.


Cocaine, crystal meth, MDMA [ecstasy], Ritalin™ and caffeine.

Credit: B.C. Centre for Disease Control Harm Reduction Program. Stimulant Overdose Awareness infographic (Aug 25, 2015).


Heroin, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Tylenol #3, methadonel, alcohol, GHB, or benzodiazepines.

Learn about recognizing an opioid overdose.

Get tips to save a life with the Overdose Survival Guide available in English, French, Simplified Chinese and Punjabi.

Learn more about education on Harm Reduction, Overdose Awareness and/or Naloxone administration.


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