Jefferson County, CO — August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, held each year to raise awareness and remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose. It is also a day of hope in recognizing the many lives that have been saved from overdose and to end the stigma experienced by those affected.
Overdose affects people from all walks of life. In Colorado, every nine hours and 36 minutes one person dies of a drug overdose. As of June 2017, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death nationwide for those under the age of 50.
Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants to remind you that overdose is preventable. Here are some actions you can take today to prevent and/or respond to an overdose:
For more information on International Overdose Awareness Day, or to find related activities in your area or across the globe, visit www.overdoseday.com.
Public Information Manager