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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2018 6:32 pm

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What is International Overdose Awareness Day and why is it important?

Tomorrow is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness and shedding a light on the most important public health concerns in the country right now: overdoses. Over 72,000 people died from an overdose in 2017 in the United States, making overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Over the past couple of years, the number of deaths caused by overdoses has increased each year, particularly the number of overdoses as a result of opioid use. 

 
How can overdoses be prevented?
Overdose reversal medications, such as Naloxone are extremely important and access to them is vital to saving lives. Unfortunately, these medications cannot prevent overdoses from occurring. The only way to prevent an overdose from happening in the first place and preventing future ones from occurring is to ensure those battling addiction receive treatment.
Treatment is the key to preventing overdoses. 
 
For more information on treatment options, visit www.beaconhouse.org or call 831.372.2334.
The Beacon House, a proud affiliate of Gateway Foundation, is located on the Monterey Peninsula on the coast of Northern California. Offering inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment for adults, professionals at Beacon House create custom-designed treatment programs for each client to ensure long-term success. 
 
Focusing on treating the whole person and not just the symptoms of addiction, Beacon House provides a warm, homelike setting for those in need of a safe, comfortable environment as they begin a path to lasting recovery.