overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

Definition of overdose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent) also : a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

2 : an excessive quantity or amount an overdose of fun

overdose

verb
over·​dose | \ˌō-vər-ˈdōs \
overdosed; overdosing; overdoses

Definition of overdose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give an overdose or too many doses to

intransitive verb

: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on

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Other Words from overdose

Noun

overdosage \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdō-​sij \ noun

Examples of overdose in a Sentence

Noun

She died from a cocaine overdose.

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Whether the decrease is related to nearby gentrification, the soaring overdose rates, or something else, Duffy doesn’t know. Mary Bernard, Philly.com, "Father Mike, a staple at a Kensington soup kitchen, reflects on 30 years in the changing neighborhood," 21 June 2018 There, the overdose rate is lower than most states, but opioids still claimed 395 lives in 2016 — an increase of 18 percent over the year before. Geoff Mulvihill And Kyle Potter, chicagotribune.com, "At least 15 states are pushing for laws to tax opioids. Drugmakers are pushing back.," 28 Apr. 2018 West Virginia’s McDowell County had the highest overdose rate in the country in 2016, followed by Rio Arriba County in New Mexico and Bell County in Kentucky. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plan sweeping legislation to combat opioid crisis," 17 Apr. 2018 Similar to how the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act sent money directly to areas hardest hit, Warren’s aides said her bill is designed to funnel more funds to states and cities with both the highest overdose rates and the most in raw numbers. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Warren proposes $100 billion to fight overdoses," 6 Apr. 2018 Like Parma, cities across the country continue to grapple with record high overdose rates attributed to opioids. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland federal judge's ambitious goal to settle hundreds of lawsuits against opioid companies this year might prove difficult," 21 Mar. 2018 The only Connecticut communities with higher overdose rates were Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Ramps Up Campaign Against Opioid Addiction," 23 Feb. 2018 In the last heroin epidemic, as Vietnam vets brought the addiction back home, the overdose rate was 1.5 per 10,000 Americans. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018 West Virginia, which has the highest opioid overdose rate in the nation, recorded 52 deaths per 100,000 people that year, according to the data. Author: Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "A town of 3,200 was flooded with nearly 21 million pain pills as addiction crisis worsened, lawmakers say," 1 Feb. 2018

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In eight years, a few people have overdosed but all have been rescued, VOCAL says. Washington Post, "‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses," 13 July 2018 Some had overdosed when fentanyl wasn't available and they were mistakenly given the same amount of much stronger sufentanil. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 And while most children had overdosed on prescription opioids or illicit narcotics like heroin, a significant number of children under 6—about 20%—were treated for methadone overdoses. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Childhood Opioid Overdoses Nearly Doubled In Last 10 Years," 5 Mar. 2018 Varela had then moved in with a neighbor who hosted the Feb. 3 party, and who, after Varela told him the next day that Noceda had overdosed, advised him to call 911, police say. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Man Allegedly Raped Teen As She Died and Texted Co-Workers Photos: 'LOL I Think She OD'd'," 9 Feb. 2018 Over the past decade, nearly 21 million prescription painkillers have been shipped to a tiny town in West Virginia, a state where more people have overdosed on opioids and died than in any other in the nation. Author: Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "A town of 3,200 was flooded with nearly 21 million pain pills as addiction crisis worsened, lawmakers say," 1 Feb. 2018 Krouse tried to make some accommodations for him, but the employee wound up overdosing and dying. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Agricultural leaders search for solutions to rural opioid crisis, problem that has come on 'so fast'," 6 Jan. 2018 In Newtown, Police Chief Tom Synan said one overdosed man was found with ice in his hand. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Overdoses surging in Hamilton County, public health issues alert," 11 July 2018 Brett Kelman, The Tennessean When Niki Rasmussen fatally overdosed last August in Columbus, her brother wasn't surprised the opioid found in her system and in the plastic baggy next to her body was pure fentanyl. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Bodies can't take it': Fentanyl involved in nearly half of drug overdose deaths," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of overdose

Noun

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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overdose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overdose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of a drug or medicine that is too much and usually dangerous

: an amount of something that is too much

overdose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overdose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take too much of a drug or medicine : to take an overdose of a drug or medicine

overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

Kids Definition of overdose

: too large a dose (as of a drug)

overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

Medical Definition of overdose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent) an overdose of exposure to the sun— Morris Fishbein also : a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

overdose

verb
over·​dose | \ˌō-vər-ˈdōs \
overdosed; overdosing

Medical Definition of overdose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give an overdose or too many doses to

intransitive verb

: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on

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