Addiction Policy Forum’s Overdose Awareness Toolkit includes training videos on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, information about how to administer naloxone, harm reduction education, resources
One important step we can all take to help address addiction is to safely dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Whether it's those pain relievers in the medicine cabinet from last year's dental procedure or the forgotten bottle of sleeping pills in the night table, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands.
When words are used inappropriately to describe individuals with a SUD, it not only negatively distorts societal perceptions of their illness but also feeds into the stigma that can prevent individuals from seeking help.
From the moment our children are born, keeping them safe is second nature: we hold them close as they get their first shots, teach them to look both ways before crossing the street, and help them develop healthy habits that will nurture them throughout their lives. We hear very little, though, during the critical early years about how to protect our kids from the disease of addiction, despite the fact that addiction tends to begin in childhood.
In June 2016 the Addiction Policy Forum launched #129aDay, an awareness and action campaign based on the Center for Disease Control's numbers of 129 lives lost a day due to a drug overdose in 2014. In subsequent years, new CDC data showed an increase of daily drug overdose deaths from 129 a day in 2014 to 144 a day in 2015, to 174 a day in 2016, 192 a day in 2017, and now, slightly down to 185 a day in 2018.
#185aDay represents the number of individuals who die each day from drug overdose: parents, siblings, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.