According to the most recent estimates, 585,000 people died as a result of drug use in 2017. International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness, reduce the stigma, and acknowledge the grief families and friends go through remembering those who either died or received a permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose. Drug Free America Foundation is supporting IOAD by collaborating with global partners to highlight different themes over 8 days.
Remember, addiction does not discriminate; it does not see color, gender, or status. It is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and the devastating impacts are felt by family and friends; we know this as our own staff have lost family members to this disease.
Please check out the below spotlights to find various videos and resources relevant to the daily theme.
Monday Spotlight: Prescription Drug Awareness
- Secure all medications, properly dispose unused medications immediately, and do not share any prescription medications.
- Find an authorized public drug disposal location near you.
- Visit the following links to find out information on Deterra, the environmentally safe and easy to use at home medication disposal bags: Products NIDA Report
- Mark October 24th on your calendar for DEA’s Prescription Take Back Day
- Deterra Opioid Stats InfoGraphic
- Deterra Survey Results Infographic
- JAMA Pediatrics Infographic
- Jama Surgery Infographic
- Preventing an Opioid Related Death National Resource
Tuesday Spotlight: Grief
One goal of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is to acknowledge the grief families, friends, and communities feel remembering those who have either died or received a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Today, we partner with NOPE Hillsborough and Journey to Healing Hearts to honor the lives lost from a drug overdose and provide support to those who are grieving and to those who are struggling with a substance use disorder.
- NOPE Student Presentation: Access NOPE’s emotional and high impact presentation given to middle and high school students on the consequences of drug consumption.
- Resources for families coping with substance use and mental health disorders.
- Helpful articles on grief.
- Commemorate a loved one by posting a tribute online.
- Ideas on how to honor and remember someone who has passed away
- Dr. Nora Volkow’s Blog on Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction: Dr. Nora Volkow from the National Institute on Drug Abuse discusses stigma and addiction and how COVID-19 can further exacerbate the stigma surrounding addiction.
Booklet 5 of the World Drug Report 2020 discusses socioeconomic characteristics and drug use disorders.
Fourth Wave Foundation shares various resources on the stigma women with drug use disorders face.
Thursday Spotlight: Overdose Prevention
- Opioid Prevention Toolkit
- How You Can Help Prevent an Opioid Related Death: National Resource & Florida Resource
- The following resources were provided by NOPE of Pinellas:
- Pinellas County Opioid Taskforce Storymap: Find case numbers, hotspots, videos, and resources related to the opioid epidemic in Pinellas County, Florida.
Friday Spotlight: Policy – Good Samaritan Laws
Today, we partner with Drug Free Manatee and the Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance to spotlight Good Samaritan laws. These laws offer protections from arrest and/or prosecution related to drug paraphernalia, drug possession, and other crimes to those who seek 9-1-1 assistance for a drug overdose. Currently, 46 states and the District of Columbia have such laws, however, they differ in the protections offered and often a lack of awareness and knowledge about them hinders their effectiveness by both laypersons and law enforcement. By raising awareness, we can help overcome the fear that prevents people from seeking assistance during an overdose. When someone experiences an overdose, they need medical attention immediately, even when overdose reversal medication, such as Naloxone, is used.
- Drug Free Manatee
- Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance (HCADA)
- Preventing the Consequences of Opioid Overdose: Understanding 911 Good Samaritan Laws Learn about the different types of legal protections and the role prevention practitioners play in raising awareness and educating stakeholders.
- The Prevention Drug Abuse Policy System database: Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws Interactive map of the United States to search Good Samaritan laws by state.
- The Network for Public Health Law fact sheet: Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality Characteristics of naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws by state.
Saturday Spotlight: Recovery
- Recovery and Recovery Support
- It Feels So Bad It Doesn’t Have To: Support and guidance for children with parents or friends’ parents with substance use problems.
- Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
- Connect with our partners:
- Find Treatment Locator
Sunday Spotlight: Treatment
- What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A booklet for families.
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
- Guidance and Resources in response to COVID-19
- World Drug Report Booklet 2
- AMIC, a division of DAM, shared the following:
- Iqbal Masud, Director, Health Sector, DAM, shares this video resource.
Prevention Works, Recovery is Possible, and each one of us can be part of making a difference.
We want to thank the following global partners for their collaboration over these past eight days. Thank you for your videos, resources, and sharing your courageous stories with us!
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