Overdose response is here.
Current Delaware Suspected Overdose Deaths Total: 139
Community Naloxone Training
is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. First responders, law enforcement officers, and school nurses carry , and training is available to members of the community. If someone is struggling with an opioid addiction, family members and loved ones can get educated on appropriate use and have it ready to prevent a potential overdose. View the schedule (30KB)
will be available at participating pharmacy counters soon. Check back for more details!
Within three to five minutes after giving someone, a person’s breathing can stabilize, which buys time for emergency medical help to arrive. If you find someone in the midst of a suspected overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately, start rescue breathing, and then administer . is not a replacement for emergency medical care, and seeking immediate help is still vital. Learn more about Naloxone (207KB)
Good Samaritan law
Good Samaritan law protects those who help
Anyone who helps someone who is suffering a drug or alcohol overdose cannot be criminally charged.
Symptoms of an overdose
Drug overdose symptoms vary widely depending on the specific drug used, but may include:
- Abnormal pupil size
- Delusional or paranoid behavior
- Difficulty breathing
- Drowsiness or unconsciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loud or erratic snoring
- Weak pulse
- Ashen or blue skin
- Nonreactive pupils (pupils that do not change size when exposed to light)
- Staggering or unsteady walk
- Sweating or extremely dry, hot skin
- Tremors or muscle spasms
- Violent or aggressive behavior