Drug Overdose (cont.)
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How Can People Prevent a Drug Overdose?
To prevent accidental overdoses, medications, even over-the-counter pain relievers and vitamins, must be kept in a safe, secure place. Intentional overdoses are harder to prevent, unless the underlying problems are addressed. Unintentional, illicit drug overdose is a serious problem best solved by getting the person away from access to the illicit drug (see Drug Dependence and Abuse).
People with certain mental illnesses need the help of family and friends to assist with medication therapy and to lend social support. Drug abusers also need this same support in order to stay clean and safe.
What Is the Prognosis for a Drug Overdose?
The prognosis for drug overdose can vary. In many cases, a person who overdoses generally recovers completely and without lasting physical disability.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/25/2016
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