International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is Thursday 8-31

International Overdose Awareness Day

Drug overdose is the #1 cause of preventable death in America. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness about drug overdose, remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose and recognize the grief experienced by families, friends and loved ones.




  1. Just wondering what the wager is on how many OD’s their will be tomorrow and can I get a piece of that action? Oh, and what does the winner get? Just curious 😀

    And I sure hope you all catch the sarcasm in my comment.


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  3. I do have to admit that it is refreshing to see that there hasn’t been as many people overdosing as there had been in the very recent past. But that been said, I’m not so naive to believe that our nationwide “drug epidemic” has just magically gone away – but at least there doesn’t seem to be as many cases that are so publicly news worthy stories anymore. Then again, maybe I just haven’t been paying close enough attention. But I have always thought that the best days are the ones where there isn’t anything to talk about. The days that talk about the Arts Festival and the contracts (or rather the lack of contracts) with the school teachers, and so on. The good days are the ones that are quiet and ( for lack of a better word…) boring.
    Of course, there is still always be other sad and/or upsetting stories in the news, especially now with all of the hurricane devastation that has happened and, sadly, is still happening. And that has affected and in many cases destroyed, so many lives across our whole nation. But, those stories are of innocent victims who had absolutely no control over their situation. And those are the people who need all the help they can get – and will for years to come.
    What’s the difference? The hurricane victims could not control their situation. They just had to hold on the best they could and now sadly, they will have years of starting over and rebuilding their lives. They did not go and look for trouble. They just had to hang on the best they could just to survive when trouble found them.

    But the addicts and drug users who overdose… That is 100% preventable. I do realize that there is a lot of crap going on and people may not be getting the same kind of drug or the same effect that they’re expecting or used to, but they are still making the conscience decision to use these random drugs and put them into their body, even when they may not know exactly what the drug is or is mixed with. And maybe many of my comments sound too harsh or judgmental. But, then again, I have a past too. I have been in a lot of bad situations because my own personal choice to use. I have a closet full of skeletons. But I did that. And I take full responsibility for making those decisions. Yes, I’ve been there and I’ve done that. I look back on my life now and I do regret having made do many of those choices. Although I can proudly say that chapter of my life has been closed for a long time. So, am I judging people too harshly? Maybe but there are some glaring differences between what I did in my past and the stories that I have been hearing way too often these days. (1) I have never put anyone else other than myself in harms way because of my (stupid) choice to use. Especially not a child!! And (2) I learned my lesson and I grew up.


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