Share Your Story of Recovery: Nothing is more impactful than the power of example. If you or a loved one is in recovery share your story. Let others know they aren’t alone, and that recovery is not only possible, but transforms lives every day.
Attend an event in your area: To participate in International Overdose Day events and activities in your area, search a list of International Overdose Aware Day activities by state. Events include candle lightings, tree planting, banner signing, and tribute readings (or a mixture of these) to honor those lost to overdose. Other ideas include community events and seminars to educate and inform about substance use awareness and prevention.
Talk to Children about Substance Use and Prevention: Children are the future of our world, and to counteract this epidemic it’s vital to inform and educate them about the perils of substance use and ways they can help themselves and their peers if substances become a problem in their lives. As early as middle school kids are being exposed to substances, and the best antidote we have is to start an open and honest coversation with them so they know how to avoid a problem, and where to turn and what to do if they need help.
Educate Yourself about Substance Use: The perils of substance use may not be something you like to think about often, but it’s a reality in our lives and the lives of our kids. Ask questions and get educated so you can help yourself or someone you love either avoid substance use or be of help if needed.
Obtain Narcan and/or get Narcan Training: Narcan stops tens of thousands of overdoses from becoming fatal each year, and in many regions of the United States civilians can purchase Narcan through a national pharmacy chain, like CVS or Walgreens, without a presecription. Depending on your community’s specific events, public Narcan training may also be available, often through fire/police departments or other public health offices.