August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. The day first started in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. Since then it’s become a day to remember “those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.”
This day is meant to create opportunities for discussion about prevention and drug policies. In 2017, over 70,200 Americans died from overdoses, including illicit drugs and opioids. That number has doubled in the last decade. For opioids, the number of overdoses in 2017 was 47,600. In 1999, that number was just 8,048.
So what can we do to help?
- Hold or Attend an Event. Overdoseday.com has a list of events being held and lots of resources for those that want to hold an event.
- Wear Purple. You can create or purchase purple wristbands, pins, shirts, and other items to show support and raise awareness.
- Know Your Risks. Understanding your genetic predisposition could help avoid addiction and overdoses. Our GARS® test analyzes your genetic makeup for alleles that make your dopamine react to certain substances more than others. Knowing this information could be the key to preventing addiction and potential overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a day that we grieve with families that have lost loved ones, but we also celebrate the growing technology that helps prevent and fight against addiction and overdose. With the technology from MyGenx®, we hope to help those suffering from addiction gain clarity of their genetic predisposition. If you are struggling with addiction, check out restoreGen® to help manage addictive tendencies.