This 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. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury because of drug overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
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Like to know more?
Download Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018. According to the Pennington Institute ‘it reveals that accidental overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia. The continued growth in overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, many of which are available through prescription, such as pharmaceutical opioids and benzodiazepines. Illegal drugs such as heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) also contribute to a significant number of fatalities. The use of multiple drugs concurrently (including alcohol) is common and increases the risk of overdose’.
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