International Overdose Awareness Day is an event held on August 31st each year. It is focused on raising awareness about prescription opioid overdose risk, providing information on services, and preventing drug-related harm. Drug overdose deaths in the United States rose 29.4% in 2020 to an estimated 93,331 according to the CDC. That’s up a 5% increase in 2019.
Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable and is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by family and friends while remembering those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Overdose prevention starts with improving prescribing patterns, preventing misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, and providing treatment for people who are struggling with addiction.
- REACH OUT, if you think you or someone you know has a problem. Talk to family members, friends, or health care professionals.
- BE SUPPORTIVE (not judgmental) if a loved one has a problem. Recognize substance use disorders are a medical condition, not a moral failing. Show support toward people in recovery. Acknowledge and encourage recovery.
Treatment can help people get their lives back before it is too late. If you and/or your loved ones are interested in therapy to help with your addiction or to help one’s family cope with the addiction of a loved one, we at Lotus Counseling Center are here to help.
Reach out today if you or someone you know is sufferings with Drug Abuse today and get help.