Opioid Addiction Results in Overdose Emergency at Dental Office

opioid overdose

As the epidemic of opioid addiction spreads throughout the United States, dental offices increasingly need to respond to patient overdose.  As this example shows, having Naloxone on hand is a must.

Dental office emergency reported in Sacramento

The Sacramento Bee reported that a patient took a prescription opiate pill before visiting his dentist. After he apparently overdosed, medical aid responders arrived and administered naloxone before taking the patient to the ER.  The newspaper retells the experience of Dr. Keith Rosing of Mercy General Hospital:

“Rosing recently treated a young man who had collapsed in a dentist’s office from an apparent opiate overdose. He told doctors he had swallowed one Norco tablet before going to the dentist. When paramedics arrived, they treated him with naloxone, an antidote used to restore breathing. At the hospital, he received several more doses before he was placed in the intensive care unit with an intravenous drip of the drug. The hospital declined for privacy reasons to disclose whether he survived.”

Naloxone saves lives during an overdose

Some opiate overdose patients are lucky that first responders have naloxone readily available. Dental and medical professionals need to be prepared to encounter someone who is overdosing on an opioid medication. HealthFirst provides an antidote, equipping you with the right Naloxone medication essential to treating opioid effects. HealthFirst offers Naloxone to qualified purchasers and sells emergency medical kits that contain it.

As always, we’re here to help you ensure patient safety by providing the medications and equipment you need to respond to emergencies.  Contact HealthFirst at 800-331-1984.

Dr. Donald Cohen, a trusted figure and key opinion leader, has been a licensed and practicing dentist for over 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Cohen has 20 years of teaching experience at Columbia University SDOS, and 20 years as an Attending Dentist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. With his many years of experience in the field and in the classroom, “Dr. Don” is an expert in the areas of dental compliance, regulations, and best practices.


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