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Information: Risk factors

An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with.

Some behaviours are more risky than others.

Overdose risk factors include:

Mind yourself. It is always safest not to use drugs.

If you do use:

Be ready for overdose.

Know what to do and make sure your friends do too:


Naloxone Project

Naloxone is an antidote used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and methadone if someone overdoses.

Click here for more information on Naloxone and the HSE Naloxone Project


Video: Going Over (on heroin)


Poster: Overdose prevention (injecting drugs)

Click the image to download an A4 version of the poster.


Policy: Overdose policy for services

The website houses a library of policy templates for drug and alcohol services. The policies have been reviewed and informed by industry leaders from the health and commercial sectors. This library contains a template overdose policy. The purpose of the policy is to outline a standard process for staff to follow if they suspect an overdose. To ensure preventative measures are in place to reduce the risk of overdose to the service user group.

Visit the Policy Template Library

International Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

Visit IOAD website

HSE Overdose Videos

Will Carroll Family Support Worker

Service Users experience of witnessing a drug overdose

Joan Byrne Co-Ordinator of CityWide Drug Crisis Campaign

Lynn Ruane President of Trinity College Students Union

The personal impact of Drug Overdose

Impact of drug overdose on the individual

Impact of witnessing a drug overdose

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