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International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31

International Overdose Awareness Day commemorates those who have passed away or suffered permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. The observance also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends while aiming to provide an opportunity for them to mourn without feeling guilt or shame.

Unintentional drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio, ahead of motor vehicle traffic crashes, suicide and falls. Each day, nearly five Ohioans die from drug-related overdose. In 2011, unintentional drug overdoses caused 1,765 deaths to Ohio residents.

The silver badge is the universal symbol of awareness of overdose and its effects. Wearing silver on International Overdose Awareness Day can signify the loss of someone cherished or show support to those bearing a burden of grief.

Additional Resources:
International Overdose Awareness Day Website
Overdose Prevention and Education Network