International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31st, 2018
August 31, 2018
Drug overdose is an issue that reaches every population in the world. The National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the number of drug overdoses in the United States in 2017. What was that estimated number you ask? 72,306. More than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdose. That number is up 200% in the past 10 years. Of those 72,000 people, over 49,000 individuals overdosed from opioids – that’s 67.8% of all drug deaths in the United States.
Overdose is a real problem and its costing people their lives or the lives of their loved ones. But it DOES NOT HAVE TO! Drug overdose related deaths are preventable. Help is out there. Annually, on August 31st the world raises awareness on this epidemic. International Overdose Awareness Day “aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.” The International Overdose Awareness Day website continues, “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.”
If you have been personally impacted by the loss of a loved one due to drug overdose, the International Overdose Awareness Day website allows individuals to post tributes to those who have passed. If you are interested in sharing a tribute, click here.
Fieldview at Holland offers a full-spectrum of drug addiction treatment and care. Not close to Wichita? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a full list of resources to help.
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