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8.31.20: International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2020 · Print This Article

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day – a global event held on August 31st 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 died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Drug overdose has a devastating impact on our communities, supports those who struggle with drug use or abuse and reinforces the belief that no one should feel shame or disgrace due to an overdose related death of a loved one.

Experiencing a drug overdose is something many people think will never happen to them or touch their family or loved ones. Unfortunately, drug overdose happens all over the country and it is important to encourage conversation about overdose with loved ones.

  • Things to know: Narcan and Naloxone
    • Narcan and Naloxone can help someone start breathing again (for opioid painkillers and heroin only), but it wears off and more might be needed from the ambulance/first responders. If you call 9-1-1 or report an overdose you are protected by the HOPE law in Wisconsin. Call Vivent Health 608-785-9866 for more information on Narcan and Naloxone
  • What to do in the situation of an overdose:
    • Check your surroundings
    • Call 9-1-1
    • Provide CPR/rescue breathing
    • Give a dose of Narcan

If someone you know and love is struggling with addiction take time to educate yourself, seek support, get counseling, and don’t forget to also take care of yourself.

It’s time to remember and time to react. Take part in understanding how overdose affects all of us and learn how you can make a difference for your community.

Local & National Resources:

  • Great Rivers 2-1-1 – Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 to talk to an information and referral specialist.
  • SMART Recovery – Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change an lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.
  • SAMHSA National Helpline – SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and   families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
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