By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist
Every year on August 31st we recognize International Overdose Awareness Day and aim to raise awareness of overdoses while reducing the stigma related to drug-related deaths. It is a day to acknowledge and empathize with the grief felt by families and friends who's loved ones have died or had a permanent injury due to a drug overdose.
Local communities such as Edison, South Amboy, and Dunellen, as well as others around the USA and world are coming together on this day to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.
In America, thousands of people die annually due to drug overdose. There are no biases for whom can fall victim. They come from all walks of life. Representing different ages, genders, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. According to NJ CARES, as of June 30th, 2019 in the state of New Jersey 1,387 people have died from an overdose.
"International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable."
To play an active role, ensure that you know the sign and symptoms of an overdose. This includes but is not limited to; shallow breathing, weak pulse, clammy skin, hallucinations, and unconsciousness. If you observe these symptoms contact emergency response immediately. Being trained and equipped with Naloxone at all times can help revive an opioid-related overdose and save a life.
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