Opioids are powerful prescription pain medications, and great care must be taken to avoid possible overdose and addiction.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential warning signs of opioid medication overdose:

  • Stumbling while walking.
  • Feeling dizzy.
  • Slurring your speech.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Slow breathing and heartbeat.
  • Blue nails or lips.
  • Pale or clammy skin.
  • Feeling excessively drowsy or having trouble staying alert.
  • Having trouble waking from sleep.