What is Overdose?

Overdose or more specifically drug overdose is a term used to describe the application or ingestion of a drug or another substance in amounts that are greater than recommended. A drug overdose or an overdose may result in toxicity or a toxic state and even death.

The term overdose is appropriately applied to describe the use of a drug that is normally in a safe dose, the term is therefore only applied to drugs and not poisons although some poisons are harmless at low doses.

Drug overdose or overdose is usually committed by those with intentions of suicide or self harm, but a lot of cases of drug overdose are accidental and non-intentional. The unintentional misuse of the drugs leading to overdose usually involves prescription drugs. Read more...