International Overdose Awareness Day 2021
Marisa Lloyd

International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Pullman Police Department

PULLMAN – North America continues to experience the highest drug-related mortality rate in the world, accounting for 25% of drug-related deaths worldwide. The Center for Disease Control estimates 90,237 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2020.

Each year on August 31st, individuals and communities around the globe come together to raise awareness and reduce stigma related to drug-related overdose and death. As friends and families mourn and remember those who have lost their battles with drugs, International Overdose Awareness Day serves as a reminder that overdose deaths are 100% preventable.

In an effort to keep unused or unwanted prescription medications from being abused or accessed by children, a safe and secure prescription drug drop-box is available 24/7 in the Pullman PD lobby (260 SE Kamiaken Street). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free, confidential referral and information service for individuals and families facing substance abuse disorders.

The SAMHSA National Helpline offers referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations, and is available 24/7.

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