There’s no denying the fact that this country is facing an epidemic when it comes to substance abuse. In the last few decades, opioids have become a growing issue for people in the U.S. In 2017 alone, we lost 70,237 individuals to drug overdose. Almost ⅔ of these deaths were caused by opioid overdoses. This has been a growing issue in our country because people tend to be silent about it. However, now is the time to speak up! 

International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st) is a day used as a remembrance for those who have passed away too soon due to drug overdose; it’s also a day to sit down and talk with people who have survived addiction. This day is an opportunity for you and your loved ones to raise your voices, shine some light on the ugly truth about addiction, and help educate yourselves and others. Here’s how you can help spread awareness during this global movement:

  1. Hold ceremonies in remembrance of those who have passed away to addiction.
  2. Hand out educational pamphlets to people of all ages. 
  3. Volunteer at a local organization/event that helps those battling addiction.
  4. Don’t push someone away if you think they may be suffering from addiction, be that person they can talk to. 
  5. Write to your state representative on the growing problems of addiction in your state. 
  6. Volunteer at/host a fundraiser for people that have been affected by addiction. 

There are so many different ways you can help spread awareness of addiction/overdose, you just have to look around! Help spread the word about addiction in this country so that we can create a better future for your loved ones and generations to come. 

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