International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31
Thu Aug 31st

International Overdose Awareness Day

On August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day focuses on reducing the number of deaths caused by overdose and ending the stigma associated with it.

In addition to death, opioid overdoses can cause permanent damage. Both of these scenarios have devastated family members and friends of those who have suffered from an overdose. This observance aims to help people cope with the pain and grief that accompanys overdoses. Overdoses are completely preventable, according to another important note on this day.

The number of overdose-related deaths continues to rise. More than 70,000 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose in 2017. This number is more than the total number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War. Both illicit drugs and prescription opioids were mixed in these medications, as well as prescription opioids.

According to statistics, 27% of the world's drug overdose deaths occur in the United States. Scotland had the most overdoses resulting in death in 2019 in Scotland over the United States. Overall, the number of deaths due to overdose in the United States continues to rise. About 450,000 people die from a drug overdose on a worldwide basis. There are effective opioid replacements out there. However, only about 10% of people who need the therapy are receiving it.

Education is another day's focus. They may be able to save a life by providing the public with the tools to avoid overdose. They must first know the signs of an overdose, and then they must respond. These are the signs of:: The symptoms include::

  • Unstable vital signs
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Skin that is either cool and sweaty or hot and dry can be either hot and sweaty or dry and dry
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting

If any of these signs are present, seek medical attention right away.

How to celebrate #overdoseawarenessday on a daily basis

On International Overdose Awareness Day, community health organizations, medical professionals, and policy makers plan a variety of activities. These activities include outreach drives, conferences, and workshops. These activities are held to inform the public about the increasing epidemic of overdose. During several of these activities, drug use and overdose is given.

If you want to compete, you are encouraged to wear a silver badge or purple wristband. In your area, you may also attend an International Overdose Awareness Day. Donate to an organization that works to inform the public on drug overdose prevention and education. The Drug Policy Alliance, one such group in the United States, is the Drug Policy Alliance.

To post on social media, you can also use #InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay.

The international overdose awareness day is the first in history

Sally J. Finn and Peter Streker established International Overdose Awareness Day in 2001. They honored those who died as a result of an overdose and those whose lives have been affected by heroin use at the time, as well as those who have been affected by heroin use. In 2012, the Penington Institute in Australia took over the day's operations. Events are held in countries around the world and in the majority of states in the United States.