Friday, September 1, 2017

What is International Overdose Awareness Day?

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and 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 met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Today we honor the lost lives taken too early by addiction, the mothers, the parents,our children and loved ones. Today we celebrate their lives and their memory as we march and do our vigil.

Today we help someone struggling, and we remember the lives of those taken early from us. Forgotten Mom and all other supporters will be involved in the march in many states like Washington DC, Florida, and others. If you can't make it and want us to share the love of someone special in your life that you lost to the disease of addiction, please share their name and picture if possible we will do prayers and pay our respects to all of them.

We need to bring this country and entire world together and fight the disease of addiction with love and unity. We are all in this struggle together,and it will take a nation to make a difference.
International Overdose Awareness Day hopes to diminish the stigma associated with drug use. That includes all drugs, licit and illicit (and alcohol, too).

Taking its themes as prevention and remembrance, its goals are:

•To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn for loved ones, some for the first time, without feeling guilt or shame.

•To include the greatest number of people in Overdose Awareness Day events, and encourage non-denominational involvement.

•To give community members information about the issue of fatal and non fatal overdose.

•To send a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued.

•To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

•To provide information on the range of support services that exists in the local community.

•To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.

•To remind all of the risks of overdose.

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