Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose Awareness Day Quick Facts

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2020 DateAugust 31, 2020
2021 DateAugust 31, 2021
Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose Awareness Day History

Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce the stigma associated with speaking out about drug addiction. This observance encourages addicts to bravely seek help and treatment. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report in 2019: over 770,000 Americans have died from drug overdoses since 1999.

In 2001, this observance was originated by The Salvation Army's Sally J. Finn in St. Kilda, Melbourne (Australia). On this day, many share stories about their loss of a loved one to overdose on social media.

Overdose Awareness Day Facts

  • Aisha Betancourt shared the story of her daughter BreAna Betancourt-Esquivel in the Chicago Tribune in 2019. In May, she died of a drug overdose from a combination of Heroin and Xanax. Aisha shared her story in hopes of raising awareness on drug overdose and opioid addiction.

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