This is a day aimed at raising awareness of overdose and reducing the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
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It is estimated that globally there were 183,000 (range: 95,000-226,000) drug-related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2012, with opioid overdose the largest category.
Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2014 World Drug Report.
In Ontario, there was a 242% increase in fatal opioid overdoses between 1991 and 2010. Source: The burden of premature opioid-related mortality, Gomes et al.
Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.