August 31, 2021
MCHD observes International Overdose Awareness Day
MOBILE, Ala. — International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event observed on August 31 each year, aims to raise awareness of overdose, and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. The goals of Overdose Day are to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death; and to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
In an effort to inform the public about the dangers of opioid abuse, the Mobile County Health Department’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program is bringing this day to the public’s attention.
“Every day, we see lives around us being changed and lost to overdose,” OD2A said. “Overdose does not discriminate — it could be you or someone you love, a friend, colleague, or your neighbor. Get involved to prevent the tragedy of overdose. Knowing the drugs you take, its effects on your body and how to prevent overdose does make all the difference.”
OD2A is funded by a grant through the Alabama Department of Public Health along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also partner with Project Thrive (Trauma Healing and Resiliency in the Wake of Violent Events), which is a program run by the Mobile Police Department’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.
OD2A focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic. It highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach. For more information on OD2A, call 251-410-OD2A (6322).