Today, August 31, 2021, is International Overdose Awareness Day. The underlying theme of this day is to break through the stigma of drug addiction and death by drug overdose. This stigma breeds shame, humiliation, and loneliness. It thwarts those who are deep into the disease from seeking help. It isolates those who are left behind from overdose from finding solace. This is why this website was created. Mary’s story epitomized this stigma.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a day to allow those who have experienced the loss of a loved one from overdose an opportunity to publicly mourn. It is a day to bring awareness, to bring people together to dialogue about the risk of overdose, how to access resources, and how to prevent addiction and overdose. It was initiated in 2001 in Australia by a social worker, Sally J Finn who worked at The Salvation Army in St. Kilda, Melbourne. She addressed the Australian Salvation Army in a kickoff to this day by telling the story of how this day came about.
You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZYi09mc9To
Also, to learn more about International Awareness Day visit: The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse website.