International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event, held annually on August 31, that 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 met with death or permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record. Deaths from drug overdose are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages.
More than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. Over half of those deaths were from prescription opioids.
For more information and resources, please visit the IOAD website at http://www.overdoseday.com/.
The awareness color for Drug Overdose Awareness is Purple.
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