Drugs and Alcohol Abuse

What to do in case of overdose on drugs or alcohol

  • Dial 911 or the emergency room at:
    • Mercy Hospital - 417-820-2115
    • Cox Medical Center South - 417-269-4083
    • Cox Medical Center North - 417-269-3393
  • Do not leave the person alone.
  • Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  • Tell a residence hall staff member that there is an emergency.
    (Do not wait for all the signs to be present)

Signs of drug or alcohol overdose

  • Person is unconscious or semiconscious and cannot be awakened
  • 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

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