Today marks International Overdose Awareness Day 2019, an increasingly resonant global event spearheaded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at promoting awareness of the scope and preventability of drug overdose, and the de-stigmatization of substance use disorder (SUD). International Overdose Awareness Day represents an opportunity to mobilize, educate ourselves and become more proactive in addiction prevention in our homes, relationships and communities. The CDC has provided those interested in doing their part with ample opportunity to show their support, including offering wristbands for purchase, a list of events and activities throughout the global community, and a tool kit of educational and promotional resources.
The Painfully Slow Progress in the Fight Against Overdose
While last year saw a noticeable, albeit marginal, decrease in fatal drug overdose for the first time in 30 years, drug fatalities still hit an astounding 68,557 in 2018. Fatal drug overdose has become one of the most urgent and pervasive public health issues facing the United States and the world at large. While the anti-overdose aid Narcan (Naloxone) has made a marked contribution to fatality prevention, it must be combined with long-term treatment resources once drug overdose victims are revived. The CDC also reports that, despite an increasing in Narcan prescribing, the drug remains scarce in more rural areas where it has often come to be needed the most.
Preventing Overdose Fatality in Everyday Life
Loved ones of those struggling with drug abuse can do their part in preventing overdose death by recognizing the signs and symptoms, some of the most common of which include contracted pupils, slurred and incoherent speech, loss of consciousness and mobility, slack and droopy muscles and more.
Recovery Unplugged encourages everyone to join effort to prevent drug fatality on International Overdose Awareness Day, and every other day of the year. We are committed to helping those who are vulnerable to fatal overdose take their lives back through treatment and recovery.