August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is a day where those who are concerned and involved about the many global deaths and addictions issues related to overdoses spend time, energy and resources to keep the conversation alive with information, facts, strategies and open discussion.
The epidemic of overdoses is global and devastating in its impact. We all should strive to be informed because in our homes, families, communities and countries we will know someone or entzire families who struggle with a drug-related death.
Here is a quote from the International Overdose Awareness Day website:
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life.
Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it?
Here is the link for this website which has some videos and other information on this significant issue of international overdoses.
We all need to be aware of the level of crisis that we are experiencing globally with overdoses. It is good that we are acknowledging the seriousness of this international epidemic.