Thousands of people die each year from a drug overdose and they come from all walks of life. International Overdose Awareness Day, held on August 31st each year, spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable; while also acknowledging the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose.
Drug overdose is the direct result of the worst man-made epidemic in human history, the opioid epidemic. In 2017 alone, over 47,000 people died from opioid overdoses and this number has been increasing over the past 20 years. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., more than car accidents. The epidemic crosses all social and economic levels and impacts millions of people. While opiates are a huge factor contributing to overdose deaths, it can’t be ignored that other drugs and alcohol contribute to almost 30,000 deaths each year as well.
Whether an overdose has directly or indirectly affected you, it is an important epidemic to recognize. Join Clark County Public Health and the Clark County Opioid Taskforce bring awareness to Southwest Washington on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Marshall Community Center (1009 E McLoughlin Blvd). This years event will include an opioid overdose intervention training using the prevention drug, Naloxone. A small supply of Naloxone kits will be available for free as well.
Attend the training from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and then attend the Third Annual Southwest Washington Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information and to RSVP to the training, visit HERE.