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Medical EmergencyPlay
Used with serious, often life-threatening implications, and requires immediate medical attention. SlideThe paramedics recognized it was an overdose and acted quickly.
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Serious TonePlay
The term conveys a grave situation and is used in formal conversations and news reports. SlidePublic health officials reported an increase in overdose cases this year.
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Not Just IllegalPlay
It can refer to both illegal drugs and prescribed medications taken beyond the safe limit. SlideHe suffered an overdose from his prescribed painkillers.