International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Held August 31st, 2021.
Sieda Prevention with our Behavioral Health and Treatment Services wants everyone to reflect on ways individuals can prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives. Educating our communities about drugs can really help.
More resources for International Overdose Awareness Day:
- Your Life Iowa offers free, confidential support for those who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts, or mental health. Iowans can reach out 24/7 by phone, text, or chat.
- Naloxone Iowa has information on how to access and use naloxone in Iowa, including how to get free naloxone mailed to you at home. Naloxone (sometimes called Narcan) is a drug that can help reverse an opioid overdose and save a life. If you or someone you know is at risk for an overdose, having naloxone on hand is always a good idea.
- International Overdose Awareness Day’s official campaign website offers a variety of free resources to #endoverdose.
Fact sheets and posters are available.