An individual may overdose if they administer a quantity of methamphetamine that the body is unable to handle. Most commonly, methamphetamine overdoses occur from injection use, due to the large amount of the drug that can be administered in a short period of time. First time users (or new users) are at a particularly high risk for overdosing due to the fact that they have no (or very little) tolerance for the drug. An overdose may also occur as a result of methamphetamine that has been laced with other chemicals or substances.

    An overdose should be treated as a medical emergency. If you witness an overdose, call 911. Remember to be cautious around the individual experiencing overdose, as they may become violent and dangerous.

    Just as methamphetamine affects individuals differently, the signs and symptoms of overdose vary, but may include:

    • Chest pain
    • Heart arrhythmias or palpitations
    • Hyperthermia
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Seizures
    • Coma
    • Agitation
    • Hallucinations
    • Psychosis