On International Overdose Day (August 31), we would like to remember, without stigma, those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends that are left behind.
The aim of International Overdose Awareness Day is also to end overdose deaths. With better understanding of how to prevent overdose and assist someone who has overdosed, more kindness and empathy and less stigma towards folks who use substances, overdose death is preventable.
So let's talk about overdose: it could save a life.
Not all substances are the same, so not all overdoses look or present the same, and a different response might be required depending on the situation. Learn the different signs of OD and what to do with these quick fact sheets on the following substances:
How does it work? "The national phone line connects callers using a potentially deadly substance to volunteers who check in periodically and alert 911 if there is no response.Callers can also provide contact information in advance for someone nearby with a naloxone kit — a potentially life-saving option in remote areas with long emergency response times." Read more about NORS' first year in operation, and what you can expect when you call.