August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is a global event held each year and 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 drug overdose. Listen to a group of opiate addicts talk about their experiences with drug overdose and prevention.
Have you experienced a drug overdose?
How many people have you known that have overdosed?
How many of those people died as a result of a drug overdose?
If you were to write a tribute to your family and friends who have died, would you share it without guilt or shame? Or, would the stigma against addiction prevent you from sharing it?
What advise would you give others for drug safety and overdose prevention?
David Konow, Heath Ledger’s Family Recall His Tragic Accidental Overdose, https://www.thefix.com/heath-ledgers-family-recall-his-tragic-accidental-overdose
International Overdose Awareness Day, http://www.overdoseday.com/
Paul Gaia, Fentanyl Patches Are More Dangerous in Hot Weather, https://www.thefix.com/fentanyl-patches-are-more-dangerous-hot-weather
Get the Overdose Aware App: http://www.overdoseday.com/resources/overdose-aware-app-2/