Since 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day has
worked to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. It
also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those
who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose and
lists local events
around the world.
Providing information and
resources to the general public is its top priority, including a mobile app that informs on-the-go.
In recent weeks, the issue
of the increasing rate of fatal drug overdose has captivated media coverage and
public discussion. Numerous deaths related to the prescription drug fentanyl
have served as an unfortunate reminder that the tragedy of overdose is not
exclusive to illicit pharmaceuticals.
CAMH’s Dr. Benedikt
Fischer, a Senior Scientist, tells us that consumption of prescription opioids,
a class of powerful drugs that are primarily prescribed to treat acute or
chronic pain, have steeply risen in Canada through the years 2000–2010 to population
levels which are second only to the United States in global comparison.
Pay tribute to this
International Overdose Awareness Day by learning more about the risk of opioid
addiction, signs of overdose, and preventable measures
you can take to avoid overdose.
CAMH’s Opioid Resource Hub contains
a wide variety of information for youth, health professionals, school
communities, and individuals supporting loved ones at risk of overdose. Click here for an alert for health care professionals.