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If a person overdoses on heroin, single dose and 1st time

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If a person overdoses on heroin, single dose and 1st time using, can there be residual effects? My concern is the time of occurance and the delivery of reversal medications, minutes, can it cause brain damage from the lack of oxygen? What should I be concerned about and watch for? This happened night before last, and person was taken to hospital for about 3 hours, then discharged home!!
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Tell me how the person is doing now.
Does he have any medical conditions or take any Rx meds?
What other drugs does he use and did he use anything else that night.
Did he stop breathing, loose his BP, need CPR etc?
What was his condition when he went to the hospital and why was medical care called?
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Ambulance was call because, he stopped breathing,was blue.Gave him Narcan They didn't intubate him. He arroused on the scene. He was awake and alert when he arrived at hospital. Gave him charchol No regular medication, and nothing else that night.

Thank you for that extra information.
It sounds like he got medical help in time. You can actually go 4 minutes, in some cases even more, without oxygen before brain cells start to die.
From what you have posted it seems like he dodged the bullet and managed to not end up with any significant brain damage. Since everything is fine now there is no need to worry that he will start to have problems in the future.
He does, however, need help with his drug habit. Next time he may not be so lucky.
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