[noun oh-ver-dohs; verb oh-ver-dohs, oh-ver-dohs]
Origin of overdose
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Examples from the Web for overdose
Those suffering from addiction in the streets risk disease, overdose, and death.World Leaders' Proposal for Winning the War on Drugs: Legalize It!
September 9, 2014
From 1999-2008, the U.S. saw a 300 percent increase in overdose death from painkillers, with close to 15,000 deaths in 2008 alone.
The CDC estimates that 46 Americans die each day from overdose on opioids.
Florida, which began a pill mill crackdown in 2010, saw a 50 percent decrease in overdose deaths from oxycodone in 2012.
“Overdose rates are higher where these drugs are prescribed more frequently,” says Frieden.
It must have been pretty powerful, too, for the doctor to warn against an overdose.Martians Never Die
I had been saved from being smothered by having taken an overdose of some narcotic.Masterpieces of Mystery
That is their chief virtue—in rendering an overdose harmless.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
That medicine on your wash-stand—an overdose of that and you can say it was a mistake.In a Little Town
“Overdose of hammers,” she diagnosed, then wisely changed the subject.Lucile Triumphant
Elizabeth M. Duffield
- (esp of drugs) an excessive dose
- to take an excessive dose or give an excessive dose to
Word Origin and History for overdose
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic.
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