Signs of Addiction

Know the signs of opioid addiction.

A major warning sign is if a person keeps using opioids even though taking them has caused problems before. Some other signs are:

  • Developing a tolerance, meaning you need more drugs to feel the same effects
  • Drug use hurting relationships with family and friends
  • Being scared at the thought of running out of drugs
  • Stealing drugs or money to pay for drugs
  • Being arrested or hospitalized for drug use
  • Overdosing on drugs

Know the signs of opioid overdose.

Signs of an opioid overdose can include:

  • Small pupils
  • Falling asleep or unconscious
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue or cold skin

Call 911 and tell them you suspect an overdose. Do not leave the person alone.

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Learn more about opioids from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the World Health Organization (WHO).