When the body becomes inundated with too much of an addictive substance, the body becomes depressed, and the results force the respiratory system to fail. This type of overdose is very common among opiate drugs, but not necessarily LSD.
An LSD overdose is less common, and typically manifests itself in “flashbacks.” A flashback is a vivid memory of “trips” or uses and experiences you’ve previously had with LSD. When one is consumed in a flashback, everything else fades to the background, and you relive your last trip of LSD. Flashbacks come without warning and are dangerous because they do not announce themselves.
Flashbacks may occur while driving, swimming, baby sitting, during work or school, or doing any activity you can think of. Murphy’s law states flashbacks will occur when you least want them to, like at a job interview! LSD flashbacks can persist up to one year, even without further use of the substance.
Some reports of LSD producing similar overdose effects have been reported; in those instances, users of LSD slip in and out of consciousness after consuming too much of the illicit substance.
Overdose and Toxicity of LSD
Overdose and toxicity of LSD merits immediate treatment; LSD's effects can cause permanent damage. Waiting to get help after an overdose may result in permanent physical or psychological damage. Respiratory care and maintenance is typically needed after an overdose, because LSD toxicity may impact one’s ability to breathe normally, or entirely- although in the case of LSD, these effects are rare.
More likely, LSD overdose victims will feel suicidal, and may act on those inclinations. Thousands of people are hospitalized for suicide attempts as a direct result from LSD use and abuse. Panic attacks during an LSD overdose are relatively common.
Effects of an Overdose
Those experiencing an overdose from LSD will have the following measurable physical effects:
Sensitivity to Light, Touch, and Sound
Weakness of the Body
Signs of chronic, or massive overdose from LSD include:
What Should I Do in the Event of an Overdose?
Call 911 immediately in the event of an overdose. Do not assume one who is supposedly overdosing on LSD hasn’t consumed any other substances that may interfere with their body’s ability to recover. Although LSD overdoses are typically not fatal, never assume you or your loved one’s overdose will take care of itself.
An overdose of any time requires immediate medical attention. While you wait for emergency personnel to arrive, lie overdose victims on their sides in case they vomit.
Can I Be Arrested for Overdosing?
If you or one of your friends or associates overdose while partaking in an illicit drug, most states have good samaritan laws that will protect you from prosecution if you call 911 for emergency medical help. Look up your own state and county laws for a definitive answer.
Regardless if you will be arrested or not, an overdose can be fatal. Many states provide drug court programs which can help get you treatment, in lieu of spending time in prison.
What Happens After an Overdose?
Ideally, with medical attention, those suffering from an overdose from LSD will recover entirely and should enroll in detox for LSD and LSD addiction treatment right after the event. An overdose is an undeniable reed flag LSD addiction treatment should be sought immediately to prevent permanent damage and death in the future.
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