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
Overdose Awareness Day References and Related Siteswww.overdoseday.com: Raising Awareness on Overdose www.cdc.gov: Drug Overdose Statistics www.chicagotribune.com: BreAna Betancourt-Esquivel Story