One hundred people in the U.S. die from drug overdoses every day. Three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opiates.
In response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) collaborated with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop an informational card that provides easy-to-understand; lifesaving techniques to help friends and family attend to someone suspected of an opioid overdose.
The ASA Opioid Overdose Resuscitation card lists symptoms to look for when an opioid overdose is suspected. It also details step-by-step instructions for assisting a person suspected of an overdose prior to the arrival of emergency medical personnel.
> Download the Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Card (PDF)
Please visit the ASA’s Lifeline to Modern Medicine for more information on anesthesia and physician anesthesiologists.
Additional resources are also available at www.asahq.org.