Each year, hundreds of Australians from all walks of life die from drug overdose. It’s not only illicit drugs that are involved – an overdose can be caused by common painkillers, mood altering medicines and alcohol.
International Overdose Awareness Day is held annually on August 31. The day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, especially for those mourning the loss of family and friends. It also spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
The silver badge is the universal symbol of awareness of overdose and its effects. Wearing the silver badge can signify the loss of someone cherished or demonstrate support to those bearing a burden of grief. It is also a message that every human being is valued.
Penington Institute (the parent organisation of Lucid) presents this important day in Australia. We work to bring the issue to the foreground and illustrate the dangers of illicit drug, pharmaceutical and alcohol misuse to the Australian public.
We want as many people to get involved with the day as possible through local events, posting a tribute to a loved one, following us on social media and donations.
Visit www.overdoseday.com to find out more.
Twitter: Follow us @OverdoseDay / hashtag #OD14
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