Today: Loved Ones Remembered On International Overdose Awareness Day
The event is being held at 6:45 p.m. at Just Believe Recovery Center, 100 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, PA 18407.
In honor of those lost to addiction, there will be a balloon release followed by a candlelight vigil. In additi will be speakers, light snacks, and refreshments available.
This event is 100% free, with Just Believe Recovery Center providing all materials.
More About International Overdose Awareness Day
This day was created in remembrance of those who have succumbed to a drug overdose, tragically losing their lives.
Events include vigils, walks, and community programs that intend to increase overdose awareness, as well as reduce the stigma associated with drug overdose deaths.
Australia first recognized the event locally in 2011. Subsequently, numerous organizations in other countries have adopted the day, including communities in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Among the day’s primary goals is to spread the message that drug overdoses can be prevented. Also, the events serve as an acknowledgement that loved ones are still grieving, and that drug-related deaths effect everyone.
Pennsylvania Drug Overdose Statistics
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Analysis of Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2015:
- In 2015, Pennsylvania reported 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths, an increase of more than 23% from the number of overdose deaths (2,742) reported in 2014.
- The 2015 Pennsylvania statewide drug overdose death rate was 26 per 100,000 people, an increase from the reported 2014 rate of 21 per 100,000 people.
- Heroin was the most frequently identified drug in toxicology test results, as nearly 55% of drug-related overdose decedents showed the presence of heroin in 2015. Heroin was present in overdose deaths in 95% of PA counties that reported drug-related overdose deaths and toxicology results.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology