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Drug addiction does not discriminate, and with the opioid epidemic affecting so many lives, the need for advocacy regarding addiction treatment and other preventative measures is high. As a Boca rehab center for addiction, we’re aware of the rise in drug overdose deaths within the last few decades. That’s why we’re proud to combine our efforts with other facilities, organizations, and programs around the world to echo the message of National Overdose Awareness Day in 2021.
Since 1999, nearly 841,000 people have died in the United States from a drug overdose, and over 70% of those deaths were linked to opioids.1 In addition to the opioid epidemic, the coronavirus pandemic required a level of separation that promoted self-isolation and fostered the use of drugs and alcohol. The anxiety, fear, worry, and loneliness that resulted from COVID-19 contributed to substance abuse in thousands of people, further contributing to the growing rate of drug-related overdoses. Below are some addiction and drug overdose statistics from different areas of the world.
While other areas of the world - like Europe and Australia - are also victims of substance use disorders related to drugs like fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, North America leads the globe in drug-related deaths. Fortunately, the nation has rehab facilities like Banyan Boca that are dedicated to providing effective residential drug treatment for those battling addiction and seeking sobriety.
International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign focused on reducing drug overdose rates, breaking down stigmas and stereotypes about drug overdose, remembering those who have passed from overdoses, and helping the loved ones of overdose victims. IOAD was first initiated in 2001 by Sally J. Finn when she worked with The Salvation Army in St. Kilda, Melbourne. Since then, communities and organizations all over the globe have held events to raise awareness and remember those who we’ve lost to drug overdoses. Not only does the campaign promote action, discussion, and application of preventative measures for drug overdose, but it also supports those with loved ones who have died or suffered injury as a result of drug-related overdoses.
The goals of International Overdose Awareness Day include:
Overdose is one of the many long-term effects of substance abuse. Drug overdose is often the result of growing physical tolerance and dependence on a drug. When users no longer experience the same high they once did with a certain dose, they may then increase their use to achieve their desired effect. This repeated pattern of behavior often ends in overdose. One of the best ways to prevent drug overdose is to receive addiction treatment. Banyan Treatment Centers Boca provides various drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in Florida for those who are battling addiction and want to get sober. We provide patients with the care they need to recover from substance abuse's physical and emotional repercussions and offer them the resources they need for long-term recovery.
There are numerous ways to participate in Overdose Awareness Day in 2021, from wearing a purple International Overdose Awareness Day ribbon to participating in Narcan (naloxone) training to learning how to help someone who’s overdosing. Below are a few ways you can be a part of International Overdose Awareness Day in 2021, both online and in-person.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, do not wait to get help. The long-term effects of substance abuse can be detrimental. Call Banyan Boca now at 888-280-4763 for more information about the drug detox programs and addiction services we offer.