International Overdose Awareness Day: Time to Remember, Time to Act to honor those who have lost their battle with drug addiction will join dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad in observing 2016 International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to a drug overdose.

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury deaths in the U.S. at nearly 44,000 per year, or five deaths per hour. These deaths have more than doubled in the past 14 years, and half of them are related to prescription drugs. Overdose deaths now exceed motor vehicle-related deaths.

The way to prevent the overdose death of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol is to get them into treatment for their addiction as soon as possible. is a substance abuse treatment placement service that matches an addict’s recovery needs to the rehab treatment facility that is best suited to their individual situation—all at no charge.

Wearing silver on Overdose Day will signify the passing of someone held dear and send out the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about a variety of proven solutions, such as “911 Good Samaritan” laws and Naloxone (Narcan), the life-saving opiate overdose reversal medication.

2016 Theme: Time to Remember, Time to Act

The theme for 2016 is Time to Remember, Time to Act. Remembering those who have died or been injured because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day and even more important is knowing what we can do to prevent future overdoses.

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