We all need to play our small part in tackling and overcoming this big issue. We released an article a short while back, explaining how to help someone who has overdosed, information about naloxone and carrying an emergency naloxone kit and recognising the signs and symptoms of an overdose, other important charities and organisations that can provide help, support, training and more!
In England alone, there were over 314,000 potential years of life lost related to alcohol consumption, the highest level since 2011 and there were 4,359 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in the UK, the highest number and the highest annual increase.
These numbers are shocking. We need to bring the topics of addictions and overdoses into the spotlight, remove the stigma and shame previously attached to them and raise awareness for this vital issue. These lives could have been saved from Addictions that are treatable & overdoses that are preventable!
We are working with homeless and rough sleeping charities and organisations across Bournemouth & Poole on the 31st August to firstly, provide urgently needed support and assistance and secondly but just as importantly, raise awareness about overdosing on illicit drugs, prescription drugs and/or alcohol.
As we said yesterday, we would be submitting our application to turn the lights on The London Eye purple for International Overdose Awareness Day on the 31st August 2020.
We will continue to promote this vital cause until no one else dies from an overdose that is preventable & addictions that are treatable!
Tomorrow we will be submitting our official request to The London Eye to ask them to illuminate The London Eye purple in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day on the 31st August 2020. I know we don’t have much time so we are asking for your help to get behind this idea to remind London and the rest of the UK that overdoses are preventable and addiction is recoverable! And we need your help to make it happen using the hashtag #TurnPurple4Overdose