narcotic poisoning


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narcotic poisoning

Etymology: Gk, narkotikos, be numbing; L, potio, drink
the toxic effects of a narcotic drug that depresses the brain centers, causing unconsciousness or coma. Narcotic drugs are generally derived from opium, but other drugs, including alcohol, can produce similar effects.

narcotic poisoning

Poisoning caused by narcotic or sleep-producing drugs such as opium and its derivatives.

Symptoms

The patient may experience brief exhilaration followed by drowsiness, respiratory depression, or coma, or, in massive overdoses, death.

Treatment

An airway should be established and ventilation provided. A narcotic antagonist such as naloxone should be given.

See also: poisoning