International Overdose Awareness Day

31st August marked International Overdose Awareness Day.

Accidental overdose is a growing problem. In 2017, 3,756 people in England and Wales lost their lives to drug overdose – the highest figure since comparative records began in 1993. The Office for National Statistics estimates that of that number, almost 80% of deaths due to drug misuse are accidental. This makes it even more important to raise awareness around drug safety and tackle stigma around addiction.

To help raise awareness of risks around drug overdose, Spectrum shared online messages to promote this year’s campaign and reduce the stigma linked to drug-related deaths. Find out more and add your support to the campaign by downloading free resources.

International Overdose Awareness Day is also a time to remember loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured due to drug overdose.

If you’re struggling with substance misuse or need help and advice on using prescribed medications safely, contact your local Spectrum service for support.