What is a Drug Overdose?

Posted by Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics

Illegal Drug Overdoses


The term overdose is used when a person has too much of a drug or combination of drugs in their system. With a rising number of drug overdose induced deaths in the U.S., the topic should be in the forefront of drug education. Keep in mind, the drug doesn’t have to be illegal for someone to have a drug overdose.

The term overdose, however, can sometimes be misleading because it means too much. In reality, someone can overdose from a drug such as heroin or cocaine the first time they use it.


There is no “right” amount of a drug to take and every person reacts differently to drugs.


What is a Drug Overdose?


Mixing drugs

Taking more than one kind of drug at a time or mixing alcohol and drugs can lead to drug overdose. This includes mixing various prescription pills, or prescription pills with alcohol. Mixing any kind of illegal drug increases the risk of drug overdose.


Drug tolerance

When taking a drug regularly, a user becomes more tolerant to the drug. This means that the user needs more of a drug to get the same effect or “high.” In some situations, users stop using a drug because they have been in rehab and relapse or suddenly do not have the resources to obtain the drug. When this happens and then they use the drug again, they have a high risk of overdosing. The user is no longer as tolerant to the drug and the prior amount they were using, so it may be more than their body can handle. This often leads to drug overdose.


What to do if you think someone is overdosing

Call 911 or the emergency number in your area if you suspect someone has overdosed on drugs or alcohol.

Stay with them and try to get some sort of response from them. Call their name. Ask them if they know where they are. Ask if they know who you are. If they are unresponsive, ask the emergency operator what you should do for the person. They may recommend putting them into the recovery position: chin up and mouth open to allow breathing and fluids to drain downwards. If they are not breathing administer CPR.


Drug testingIllegal Drug Overdoses

To prevent drug overdose you must first know if a person is using drugs. uVera Diagnostics provides drug testing options.

  • uVera Diagnostics has drug test kits to test for several different kinds of drugs
  • Click here to look at all the drug test kits available.
  • You can purchase drug testing products directly from uVera Diagnostics.
  • You can order them one at a time or in bulk.
  • These tests can be used by both parents and companies.



For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.




Posted by Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.


For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.


This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts.

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