August 31, 2021
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August 31, 2021: International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Time to Remember. Time to Act.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Make a Difference in 2021
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life.
Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it?
Like elsewhere, opioids account for the majority of drug-induced deaths in Canada.
In 2020, in the three months of July–September, there were at least 1,705 apparent opioid-related deaths, with another 1,646 having occurred in April–June of the same year.
This report does not include deaths caused by drugs other than opioids, so the total number of drug-induced deaths will be somewhat higher.
Source: ‘Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada’ March 2021
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