International Overdose Awareness Day
Tragedies are often the result of the growing drug problem in many countries around the globe. Overdose can cause severe emotional distress for the families of the victims. People who don’t fully understand the consequences of overdose can find it difficult to show sympathy for their loved ones. International Overdose Awareness Day aims to bridge the gap between people who don’t get it and those who do.
International Overdose Awareness Day was established in 2001 by Sally J. Finn, who suggested it to Peter Streker (a friend and coworker from the Community and Health Development Program) in Melbourne. Finn says that this holiday recognizes that drugs and overdoses are part of our daily lives and that they can have serious consequences.
International Overdose Awareness Day recognizes the pain and suffering that families experience when someone they love dies from overdose. The holiday transmits some messages to the public. Overdose is a complex and personal topic. This holiday seeks to reduce the fear and prejudice caused by stigmas surrounding drug overdosing. It does not seek to incite hatred, but rather to show compassion and understanding for the people affected by overdosing.
Wearing silver and purple is one way to celebrate the day. You can purchase a badge from organizations like the Overdose Day website, or coordinate your outfit to that end. You can get your boss to set a dress code at work and have coworkers wear the same colors. In remembrance of the victims, light a candle, hold an education program on overdosing, offer safe spaces for people to share their stories, and get involved if you are passionate about the subject. Nevertheless, share this holiday on your favorite social media websites using the hashtag #overdoseawarenessday and let everyone know what day it is.