International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
AmeriCorps Representative, Tim McGullam, and Prevention Specialist, Amy Doerrfeld, in the Cedar Rapids Prevention office will be providing 2 community trainings on the 31st. This will take place at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library from 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. Free Naloxone (NARCAN) will be given to those present!
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 72,000 people in 2017.