Today is International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. With New Jersey in the midst of an opiate abuse epidemic, it is important to have an Overdose Action Plan. The Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES) has developed lifesaving recommendations to follow if you suspect someone is overdosing:

  1. Call 911 and report observable behavior.
  2. Administer Rescue Breathing
  3. Administer Naloxone
  4. Stay with the person until professional help arrives.

Visit CaresNJ.org for information, resources, and training on how to administer naloxone.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

No family is immune from this epidemic. Don’t let your family and friends become part of these statistics. 

from APP.com:

5 heroin stories for Overdose Awareness Day

Heroin destroys thousands of lives everyday around the world. In the documentary you'll meet mothers, fathers and children in New Jersey who are coping with life marred by the drug.

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