International Overdose Awareness Day is a globally held event on August 31st that aims to raise awareness about overdose and reduce stigma concerning drug-related death. This day supports friends and family dealing with grief related to overdoses and permanent drug related injuries. The tragedy of overdose is preventable and by spreading this message we can support this movement. Every year thousands of people from all walks of life die from drug overdose. More than three out of five people die from opiate related death yearly within the United States, and over half of the deaths were from prescription opioids. In Iowa as many as 1,239 people died from an overdose of prescription opioids in Iowa between 2002 and 2014, and heroin deaths have increased nine-fold in 15 years.
To raise awareness about overdoses within your community you can wear silver on August 31st and share your overdose related story. In addition, community events will be taking place to bring together loved ones who are grief stricken and show the community the impact drug-related deaths are having and how this epidemic is preventable.
This year on Saturday August 25th, 2018 the ASAC Prevention Team will be working with Cedar Rapids CRUSH at an Overdose Awareness Day Event. This event is being held at the Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Community resources, speakers sharing their personal stories and a panel discussion, Naloxone training, and a “Walk of Acknowledgement” will take place on this day. The Overdose Awareness Day Event is open to the public and everyone is invited to raise awareness, provide support, and hope for those and their loved ones affects by overdose.
To get help for yourself or a loved one, call ASAC at (319) 390-4611 and speak to one of our counselors. You can also stop by one of our offices during office hours.
For more information on International Overdose Awareness Day, visit https://www.overdoseday.com/