International Overdose Awareness Day - 31 August.

International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st focuses on reducing the number of deaths caused by overdose and erasing the stigma associated with it.

Besides death, drug overdoses also cause permanent injuries. Both of these scenarios devastate family members and friends of those who have suffered an overdose. This observance seeks to help people cope with the pain and grief overdoses cause. Another important message on this day is to discuss how overdoses are entirely preventable.

Another goal of the day includes education. By empowering the public with knowledge to prevent overdose, they may be able to save a life. First, they must know the symptoms of an overdose, and then they must act. 

The symptoms include:

  • Unstable vital signs
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Skin that is either cool and sweaty or hot and dry
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • When any of these symptoms are present, seek medical attention immediately.

In 2001, Sally J. Finn and Peter Streker established International Overdose Awareness Day. At the time, they commemorated those who lost their lives to an overdose and support those whose lives have been affected by drug abuse. The Penington Institute in Australia took over the organization of the day in 2012. Events are held in countries around the world and in most states in the U.S.

International Overdose Awareness Day 2022 Theme: Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com


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