Overdose day
August 31 marks International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose. It’s a day to remember loved ones who have died from drug overdose and acknowledge the grief of  family and friends left behind.
International Overdose Awareness Day:
  • Provides an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones.
  • Sends a strong message to people who use drugs and people in recovery that they are valued.
  • Informs people around the world about the risk of drug overdose.
  • Provides basic information on the range of support services that are available.
  • Prevents and reduce drug-related harms by supporting evidence-based practice.Naloxone Training

Naloxone can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs and prescription opioid medications. Often given as a nasal spray, naloxone is safe and easy to use.

To help educate the public on how to administer Naloxone, a training video has been created for anyone who is interested in learning more. The video covers the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, different administration techniques and Good Samaritan Laws in North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Emily’s Hope is hosting a candlelight vigil on International Overdose Awareness Day. If you have lost a loved one to overdose, you are encouraged to submit their name to be read during the event. During the vigil, you will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from courageous families who have experienced the heart-wrenching loss of a loved one to addiction. Their stories will serve as a reminder of the devastating impact that substance use disorder can have on individuals and their families.

Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Greenway Amphitheater, South Dakota I 7:30- 9:00 p.m. CT

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Episode 7 – The Truth About Opioids: Opioids are medications prescribed by providers to treat persistent or severe pain. More than two million Americans misuse opioids and more than 90 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Who is impacted and what can you or your community do to help reduce opioid misuse? Take a few minutes to listen and learn more.