International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. We aim to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.
Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand that fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society.
The day also serves as a warning that not only illicit drugs can be dangerous and no-one is immune to overdose.
With the number of fatalities from prescription drugs growing August 31 is also a chance to see that medicines are not always our friends. Painkillers and other pharmacy drugs play an important medical role but their careless use can have tragic long-term consequences.
Participation in International Overdose Awareness Day is free. Anyone wishing to be involved may do so.
Ask about your nearest event or visit the website for that information at www.overdoseday.com.
International Overdose Awareness Day is organized by Penington Institute (www.penington.org.au) - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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