When it comes to overdose, some behaviours are more risky than others.

Overdose risk factors include:

  • Using more than one drug
  • Injecting drugs
  • Using alone
  • Using drugs after a period of abstinence

Do mind yourself. Its always safest not to use drugs, but if you do use:

  • Don’t use alone
  • Only use one drug at a time
  • Wait as long as possible between hits

Always be ready for an overdose. Know what to do, and make sure your friends do too:

  • Put the person in the recovery position
  • Call the ambulance on 112
  • Wait for the ambulance to arrive

Watch this easy to follow video on how to put someone into the recovery position:



Naloxone is available in Ireland, Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and methadone if someone overdoses. It only works for these types of drugs. For more information on Naloxone visit drugs.ie/naloxone


For more information about overdose visit drugs.ie/overdose