Overdose Awareness Day Resources
Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2022
Thank you for joining us as we observed this International Overdose Awareness Day by taking some time to acknowledge overdose as a public health issue, work to prevent overdose through harm reduction, and process the grief and loss we feel for family and friends lost to overdose.
The event has passed but this website will continue to hold resources on how to obtain Naloxone in Orange County, resources for those grieving overdose loss, and some resources for the community to learn about the scope of the overdose epidemic.
Where to get Naloxone in Orange County:
Orange County Health Department
Orange County Emergency Services
Orange County Detention Center
The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Lantern Project – Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department
Local Pharmacies: You can purchase Narcan without a prescription at several local pharmacies.
General info on naloxone access in NC from Naloxone Saves:
Grief and Remembrance
According to a recently released report from the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of DHHS, there were an estimated 372 suspected overdose deaths in NC this past May (2022) compared to 297 in May 2021 (an 8% increase).* That is, on average, 12 lives lost each day during the month of May.
In addition to focusing on prevention strategies and reducing stigma associated with drug use and overdose, International Overdose Awareness Day is a day to remember the lives of those we have lost to overdose and to acknowledge the grief experienced by their families and friends.
Because of the unfair stigma surrounding drug use, people who are grieving the loss of a loved one to overdose often lack the support and care they need and deserve. However, we can choose to validate their grief and acknowledge the unique pain that can accompany losing someone to overdose by listening without judgment and creating supportive spaces for them to express their feelings.
For Overdose Awareness Day 2022 in Orange County, we invite members of the community who have lost someone to overdose to visit our Grief and Remembrance Booth, where you are welcome to share stories about the individual(s) you have lost, add their names to a memorial board, and light candles to commemorate their lives.
Here are some local and online resources to support those who have lost someone to overdose:
Local Resource (Duke Health): https://www.dukehealth.org/treatments/home-care-and-hospice/bereavement
Call 988: Suicide and Crisis Lifeline https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988
Read tributes on the International Overdose Awareness Day website: https://www.overdoseday.com/read-tributes/
Post a tribute on the International Overdose Awareness Day: https://www.overdoseday.com/post-a-tribute/
Overdose Crisis in North Carolina
NCDHHS Overdose Epidemic
"From 2000-2020 more than 28,000 North Carolinians lost their lives to drug overdose. This epidemic is devastating families and communities. It is overwhelming medical providers and is straining prevention and treatment efforts."
North Carolina Reports 40% Increase in Overdose Deaths in 2020 Compared to 2019; NCDHHS Continues Fight Against Overdose Epidemic
North Carolina Health News: A nationwide problem, worse in North Carolina
"More than 100,000 people across the country died of overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021. Over that period, the nationwide overdose death rate rose 27 percent. In North Carolina, it grew by 37 percent."