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National Overdose Awareness Day events and resources

Each year on August 31, National Overdose Awareness Day is observed to remember the lives taken by overdoses, without stigma or shame. Overdose death is preventable. Everyone can take simple steps to prevent opioid misuse and keep your loved ones safe. Attached you will find resources to promote the National Overdose Awareness Day including; a newsletter boiler plate, social media posts covering safe storage/safe disposal, signs of an overdose post, carrying naloxone, and how to support those grieving an overdose loss. 
 
This Overdose Awareness Day, remind your communities that 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them—usually taken from a friend or family member. Locking up medications or safely disposing of unused medications can stop them from being misused. People can protect their loved ones by finding a medication take-back program near them. at https://med-project.org/locations/washington/ 
 
Visit the Starts With One website for more resources about how to communicate about this topic in your community.
 
Event/Dates: 
  • DBHR & DH Starts with One Campaign Webinar 
    • Learn about updated and possibly new material(s) for National Drug Take back event planning and promotion! These materials include customizable posters, rack cards, post card mailers, social media content and graphics and more - along with a promotional timeline as a guide to help you raise awareness of your event in your community. 
    • August 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. 
    • Registration not required. Free.   
  • WAPC Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment Webinar Series
    • The Washington Poison Center is offering a free series on overdose prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. Over the course of two weeks (August 8-19), you'll explore unintentional and intentional factors that can lead to overdose, how to respond to different overdose situations, how to prevent and reduce harm from overdose, and how to access resources and treatment in the state of Washington.
    • August 8, 2022  – August 19, 2022  
    • Registration required. Free.