Font Size
A
A
A
...
6
...

Narcotic Abuse (cont.)

Exams and Tests

The initial diagnosis of narcotic overdose in the emergency department is made based on obtaining a history and considering the signs and symptoms that the patient is experiencing. Almost all unconscious people receive a drug called naloxone (Narcan), which is known as a narcotic antagonist because it blocks and reverses the effects of narcotics. After the initial resuscitation, opioids are easy to detect in a routine urine test. Information from friends and family or indicators such as pill bottles or drug paraphernalia may provide important clues to the emergency doctors about the person's drug use and abuse.

Information from friends and family or indicators such as pill bottles or drug paraphernalia may provide important clues to the emergency doctors about the person's drug use and abuse.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
Medical Author:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Narcotic Abuse

Addiction
Addiction Addiction is possible whenever ingesting a substance causes the basic pleasure and reward circuits in the brain to activate. Addiction is an illness that requir...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Narcotic Abuse:

Narcotic Abuse - Symptoms

Have you or a loved one been addicted to narcotics? Please describe your experience.

Narcotic Abuse - Treatment

What treatment did you or a loved one receive for narcotic addiction?



From WebMD


Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Toxicity, Narcotics »

Pain is arguably the most common reason why patients seek treatment, especially in the ED.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary