International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to remember those we lost to drugs over the years and a time to act to make a difference for people struggling with addiction.

This day was first recognized in 2001 after a conversation between Sally J. Finn, who managed a syringe and needle program for the Salvation Army in St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia and Peter Streker, who was the City of Port Phillip Community and Health Development Program Coordinator at the time. The two planned a local event to distribute ribbons and raise awareness for the issue – that first year, they distributed 6,000 ribbons across Australia. Since then, the campaign has grown in size, and is now recognized by countries and organizations across the globe.

“International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death,” the organization’s website states. “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. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.”

You can learn more about this day on the official website here. At Novus Detox Medical Centers, our team of detox advisers have dedicated their careers to helping people dealing with addiction achieve a sustainable sobriety. We see firsthand just how difficult the struggle to overcome the call of drugs and alcohol can be, which is why we are committed to providing our patients with top-notch care and the best treatments available to help in their time of need. Call us at (855) 464-8550 today if you or someone you love are looking to take the next step on your path to recovery.

Related Posts:

Start Your New Path to Sobriety Today!

    • Please enter your name.
    • This isn't a valid phone number.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.