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“The stigma of overdose is reinforced by the reality that donors and major health foundations are not actively funding this work. The situation is dire. We urgently need major foundations and philanthropists to take an active role,” said Ralston. “Non-profits can’t afford to keep funding this work alone. We need help, immediately. It’s that simple.”
Advocates are using social media to help get the word out. Twitter is the social media hub of activity for Overdose Awareness Day. To join the global conversation on August 31, people are encouraged to include the hashtag #OD12 in their tweets.
There will be candlelight vigils, rallies, fundraisers and other events in cities around the country, including San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Palm Springs, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego. A full list of national events is available at www.drugpolicy.org/overdose."
August 31st is a worldwide day of awareness.
"International Overdose Awareness Day was initiated by the Salvation Army in Australia in 2001. The day is an opportunity for people around the world to publicly mourn loved ones and send a strong message to current and former drug users that their lives are valued and that no one should ever die from a preventable fatal drug overdose."
May those trapped in drug abuse be given a chance to live.
May those who are close to them have the courage to help addicts live, learn and love.