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Drug Overdose | Overdose of Drugs - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Apr 01, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor treats drug overdose?

A general physician usually treats drug overdose.

The person who has had an overdose should be taken to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

2. Can overdose become a medico-legal case?

Drug overdose becomes a medico-legal case to identify the intent of overdose was suicide or willful poisoning.
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3. When is the drug overdose test recommended?

The drug overdose test is usually ordered by doctors working in accident and emergency departments when a patient displays symptoms of overdose including breathing difficulties, excessive sweating, changes in body temperature, changes in behavior, tiredness and weakness, irregular heart rhythms and vomiting.

4. Which illicit drug is more commonly used in India?

Cannabis (marijuana) obtained from the flower buds of Cannabis indica containing the active ingredients of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and cannabinol is the most commonly used illicit drug in India.

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