International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, 2021

Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held annually on August 31 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 died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. The day is also meant to spread the message that overdose death IS preventable.

Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an “opioid antagonist,” meaning it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if it has stopped or slowed because of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is easily administered and safe.

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