Drug Overdose (cont.)
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When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Suspected Drug Overdose?
Your doctor, your local poison center, or the emergency department of your local hospital may be able to help determine the seriousness of a suspected drug overdose. Development of any symptoms after drug overdose requires immediate and accurate information about the specific name of the drug, the amount of the drug ingested, and the time when the drug was taken. Often, the bottle the drug came in will have the information needed.
Take appropriate caution when dealing with drug overdose. Each person responds differently, and reactions are hard to predict. Many people who are directed to go to the emergency department may not develop any physical signs of poisoning. Others will become quite ill.
What Specialists Treat a Drug Overdose?
An emergency-medicine specialist in a hospital's emergency department treats a drug overdose. A medical toxicologist may be consulted on some individuals. If a child overdoses, depending on the circumstances, Child Protective Services personnel may be involved. If a suicide attempt was the reason for the overdose, psychiatry services may need to be consulted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/25/2016
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