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Drug Overdose (cont.)

Exams and Tests

A history and physical examination to look for evidence of poisoning will be performed. The doctor will order laboratory tests based on the organ systems that can be harmed by the specific drug overdose.

  • Family members and associates are an important source of information. They can assist in providing the doctor with names of drugs, amounts taken, and timing of overdose.
  • Specific drug levels in the blood may be measured, depending on the drug taken and the reason for the overdose.
  • Drug screening may also be done.
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