International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, is the world’s annual campaign to
- End overdose
- Remember without stigma those who have died
- Acknowledge the grief of loved ones left behind
Overdose is one of the world’s worst public health crises. Though the epidemic is international, the impact is personal, and pervasive in many of our communities. It is estimated that 35.6 million people live with drug use disorders worldwide (reversesilence.org). More significantly, overdose can happen to anyone taking an opioid.
168 million opioid prescriptions are written and filled each year
200 million people using some type of illicit drug worldwide
Accidental overdoses don’t discriminate.
Anyone taking a prescription opioid, living with opioid use disorder themselves, or who knows someone with an opioid use disorder should have a safety plan in place:
- Make sure opioids are locked in a cabinet, away from children
- Learn how to recognize an overdose
- Know where and how to get naloxone and have it ready in a spot everyone knows
- Reverse the silence by talking to friends, family, and healthcare providers and share your own story or campaign resources within your community
Everyone plays an important role in reducing overdose deaths. To help those in your communities:
- Learn how to recognize an overdose.
- Learn the basic facts and stats and read more about drug policy
- Get involved in Overdose Awareness Day events and fundraisers
- Share campaign resources within your community to help prevent overdose
If you or someone you care about need(s) help with a possible substance use problem or need
help locating treatment services, contact the Illinois Helpline:
- The Helpline is a confidential and free service that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals experiencing substance use disorders, families, providers, and anyone affected by substance use.
- Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services.