August is Overdose Awareness Month

Overdose Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about overdose and acknowledge the families and friends who have lost a loved one to this tragedy.


The Sobering Facts:


"Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,900 premature deaths caused by drugs (range: 115,900 to 230,100). Opioids account for the majority of drug-related deaths and in most cases such deaths are avoidable." Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime '2017 World Drug*


"Opiates and opioids are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose is the lack of oxygen. Oxygen is vital to the brain; without it, the organ becomes hypoxic and damage ensures quickly." Source: Drugabuse.gov


Common effects of overdose-related brain damage include:

*    Memory loss and the inability to concentrate

*    Impairment of hearing and/or vision

*    The loss of coordination, movement and balance

*    The impairment or inability to read, write, or communicate

*    Continued oxygen deprivation can then lead to severe retardation, a vegetative state, and death





References: 

http://www.unodc.org/wdr2017/field/Booklet_1_EXSUM.pdf

http://www/overdoseday.com/resources/facts-stats

http://drugabuse.com/opiates-overdose-and-permanent-brain-damage/