Substance Abuse

Possible Overdose

What to do in case of overdose on drugs or alcohol:

CALL 911 or Emergency Room:

  • Mercy Hospital - 417-885-2115
  • Cox Medical Center South - 417-875-2823
  • Cox Medical Center North - 417-269-3193

Do not leave the person alone. Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.

If you live in a residence hall tell a staff member that there is an emergency.

Warning signs of acute alcohol poisoning:

(Do not wait for all the signs to be present)

  • person is unconscious or semiconscious.
  • person has cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute)
  • irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  • no response to pinching the skin
  • vomiting while passed out, and not waking after vomiting
  • seizures

If any of the above symptoms exist, call 911 immediately.

If you have any difficulty coping after the emergency, contact the Counseling Center.


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