Patients with drug overdoses or poisoning may initially have no symptoms or they may have varying degrees of overt intoxication. The asymptomatic patient may have been exposed to or may have ingested a lethal dose but not yet exhibit any manifestations of toxicity.
It is important to:
Quickly assess the potential danger.
Consider gut decontamination to prevent absorption.
Treat complications if they occur.
Observe the asymptomatic patient for an appropriate interval.
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