ASAC Takes Action for International Overdose Awareness Day

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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!

IOAD also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver or Purple to show your support.

It is estimated that globally there were 187,100 (range: 98,300 – 231,400) drug-related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2013, with opioid overdose the largest category.

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. More people died from drug overdoses in 2017 than in any other year on record. Deaths from drug overdose are up among 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 72,000 people in 2017.