Using Alone

Risks

While using alone isn’t necessarily a cause of overdose, it increases the chance of fatally overdosing because there is no one there to call for help or take care of you if you go out.  Many fatal overdoses have occurred behind closed or locked doors where the victims could not be found and no one was there to intervene.

Prevention Tips:

  • Fix with a friend!
  • Develop an overdose plan with your friends or partners.
  • Leave the door unlocked or slightly ajar.
  • Call someone you trust and have them check on you.
  • Some people can sense when they are about to go out. This is rare, but if you are one of the people that can do this, have a loaded syringe or nasal naloxone ready. People have actually naloxone’d themselves before!
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