National Overdose Awareness Day

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August 31, 2012 - By Tommy McDonald

Today is National Overdose awareness day.  The day will be marked with actions all across the country to shine a light on accidental drug overdose, the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for people between the ages of 35-54.

Today is a day for a national effort to reduce overdose deaths by promoting sensible solutions at the state and federal level. It is also a day to remember those who were tragically lost to accidental overdoses.
 
DPA’s harm reduction manager, Meghan Ralston’s spot-on piece in the Huffington Post calls on all of us to confront the truth about overdose. 
 
It is a difficult time of year for those who deal with the aftermath of a loved one’s overdose. It is particularly saddening because many overdoses could have been prevented.  Meghan writes: 
“Naloxone is unquestionably the most effective tool we have to reverse an opioid overdose. But the medicine is scarce and it's becoming increasingly expensive. While still a comparative bargain for an incredibly safe drug with a very low side effect profile, save for causing withdrawal among opiate-dependent people, it's being priced out of reach for many of the programs that would like to make it more available.”

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