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  • Drug Overdose Facts
  • Alcohol is an irritant to the stomach, and it is common for someone who drinks in excess to vomit putting the person in danger of choking on their own vomit. This can cause death by asphyxiation in a person who is not conscious because of intoxication.
  • Drug overdose deaths in the United States have historically been associated with urban areas; according to the most recent government statistics, the rate of drug overdose deaths in rural areas throughout the U.S. has currently skyrocketed.
  • In 2010 almost 50% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 said that it would be "fairly easy" or "very easy" for them to obtain marijuana if they intended to use it.
  • An observer of a drug overdose should attempt to maintain a state of calm, and try to get a response from the person by lightly pinching the back of their arm or by calling their name; additionally, if breathing or a pulse rate is not detectable, emergency resuscitation should begin immediately.
  • The number of fatal drug overdoses in the United States has nearly doubled within the last five years, according to the most recently available government statistics.
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