narcotic poisoning


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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