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rich
05-20-2010, 10:25 PM
In the movie Candy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424880/), when Candy (Abbie Cornish) overdoses and becomes unconscious, Dan (Heath Ledger) has his friend mix up table salt into a glass of water. He then sucks it up into the syringe and injects it into Candy. After a couple of seconds she comes back conscious and breathing.

I know this has to be twisted a lot because it's a movie. But I want the truth here. If an overdose occurs, does shooting up that person with water mixed with table salt actually help bring that person back to conscious?


Thanks,
-Rich

nycjrt
05-20-2010, 10:31 PM
In the movie Candy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424880/), when Candy (Abbie Cornish) overdoses and becomes unconscious, Dan (Heath Ledger) has his friend mix up table salt into a glass of water. He then sucks it up into the syringe and injects it into Candy. After a couple of seconds she comes back conscious and breathing.

I know this has to be twisted a lot because it's a movie. But I want the truth here. If an overdose occurs, does shooting up that person with water mixed with table salt actually help bring that person back to conscious?


Thanks,
-Rich


NO!!!!
it doesn't work, call an ambulance.

KoDeInaaaae
05-20-2010, 10:56 PM
its a movie....and all that is is saline solution pretty much

More Feen
05-21-2010, 12:43 AM
The actual amount of salt in a bag of normal saline solution is VERY SMALL.

Like 9 grams in one liter (maybe 1/4 teaspoon per quart, for you metrically-challenged folks).

Much higher than 0.9% saline, and you're gonna cause problems.

BTW, if you're a taster (like to taste solutions like me likie do), 0.9% saline is enough to notice, but you could drink it without gagging, or barfing.

If you make your own saline, it shouldn't burn, or cause gagging--Oh, and DON"T USE SALT WITH IODINE !!

(most table salt has iodine, for all of your thyroid needs, and to protect you from radioactive iodine, if ever you're exposed [mistah Thyroid don't care what type of iodine he gets, radioactive, non-radioactive, so if he be satiated with good iodine from salt, he won't be tempted to philander with the nasty iodine].

M F

The_Chef
05-21-2010, 09:16 AM
No.

Also, in the grand scheme of things odds are that if they are doing it in a drug-related movie, it's probably a bad idea. There are some great heroin related movies out there but none of them seem to be able to get the little details right.

Poppylvr
05-21-2010, 09:47 AM
In the movie Candy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424880/), when Candy (Abbie Cornish) overdoses and becomes unconscious, Dan (Heath Ledger) has his friend mix up table salt into a glass of water. He then sucks it up into the syringe and injects it into Candy. After a couple of seconds she comes back conscious and breathing.

I know this has to be twisted a lot because it's a movie. But I want the truth here. If an overdose occurs, does shooting up that person with water mixed with table salt actually help bring that person back to conscious?


Thanks,
-Rich
NO NO NO NO NO NO
in an overdose situation call 911 and do rescue breathing until they get there.
Do NOT try this movie trick - you could easily kill the victim.

Fat Pie
05-21-2010, 09:51 AM
An urban myth, and one which has no doubt cost several lives. I've heard about people doing this, putting people in cold showers, injecting them with cocaine etc. It's all false knowledge, and the result at the end of the day is always the same: the person who OD'd ends up dead. You need a resuscitator, narcan, and above all, some experienced medical personnel.

OD'ing doesn't need to be fatal at all, by any means. Just bite the bullet and call an ambulance. That way, a person has a far better chance of living than by someone trying to play DIY doctor with no medical knowledge or experience whatsoever. All you can do is put the person in the recovery position, and give them mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (if you don't know how to, and you do dope with others, then learn). If the person is unconscious but breathing, you need to keep a close eye on them, but you don't need to call an ambulance just yet. If they stop breathing, call 911 immediately and begin resuscitation.

At the same time, I can understand the dilemma people in the US are under. If you call an ambulance for an OD, you often get a police car turning up instead, and everyone gets arrested! So I'm not surprised people are doing this instead of calling the professionals.