Today marks International Overdose Awareness Day.
In 2012, there were between 1,600 and 1,900 deaths cause by overdose in Australia and New Zealand. It can happen easily and doesn’t always involve large quantities of hard drugs. Earlier this year the Victorian Coroner reported prescription drugs as accounting for 42% of overdose deaths in Victoria.
Being educated about both illicit and prescription drug use, and what signs indicate a possible overdose, can make all the difference to deceasing the risk of death from overdose.
Today, please take the time to do some research into overdose – what causes it and what signs to look for. Even if you think you don’t know anyone using illicit or prescription drugs, knowing what the signs of overdose are can save a life.
There are some comprehensive resources available via the links below: