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International Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering those who’ve passed

by Landmark Recovery

August 31, 2022

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Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for young people in our country and the devastating, chronic effects extend beyond the person. Approximately one in five adults know someone who is affected by substance use disorder and many of us have been personally affected or know someone who has been personally affected by drug overdose. Nearly half a million people around the world die from drug overdose each year.

Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and foster change that reduces the harms associated with drug use. Landmark Recovery has created the webpage “End Overdose” to help start conversations about drug use, the dangers of overdose and honor the lives of those who’ve passed as a result of a substance use overdose. We asked friends and family members to submit pictures and information about their loved ones.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, last year more than 107,000 people in the United States died as a result of drug overdose, the highest amount to date.
Opioid Use Disorder, just one of dozens of diagnosable substance use disorders, affects approximately 20 million Americans and only a fraction receive treatment for their condition each year. Only 10% of patients discharged from emergency rooms after an opioid overdose seek treatment. Opioids on the streets are more potent and deadlier than ever before.

Addictive disorders, specifically substance use disorders, are chronic, progressive disease processes that manifest themselves in unhealthy and detrimental behaviors, essentially a hijacking of the brain. Without treatment these disorders are fatal. In our mission to save as many lives as we can, Landmark Recovery is working to remove barriers to addiction treatment. We believe everyone with an active substance use disorder deserves accessible, affordable care.

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