The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 5,172 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania last year, a jump of 16% from 2019. Nationally, the agency’s estimate of over 93,000 was a 29% increase from the previous year.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on August 31, is the world's largest campaign to end overdose, remember those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind. The campaign aims to raise awareness of overdose and stimulate action and discussion of evidenced based overdose prevention programs and drug policy.
The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance is urging prevention professionals, allies, and advocates to help commemorate and promote International Overdose Awareness Day, as the overdose epidemic continues to be an urgent public health crisis. We stand together to raise awareness of this issue and promote action and discussion about evidence-based prevention and policy.