Friday, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is an opportunity for families and friends to commemorate those whose lives were lost to overdose and to reduce stigma and shame surrounding addiction.
In recent years, overdose related deaths have continued to increase, both nationally and in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 63,600 drug-related overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. Deaths due to drugs are increasingly, and distressingly, common across Colorado. According to a report from the Colorado Health Institute, 912 people passed away from overdose in 2016; of those, opioid overdose, including heroin, accounted for 504 lives lost. In Boulder County that same year, 37 people passed away from overdose.
BCAP is able to provide people who use drugs with educational information about safer consumption practices, wound care, and proper use of Naloxone (Narcan). Narcan is one of the most powerful tools in preventing opioid overdose deaths, as it counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. To learn more about Narcan, including some pharmacies where it can be accessed, contact BCAP’s Prevention Department at 303-444-6121.