4 things to know about International Overdose Awareness Day

People in community health centers and cities around the world are recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event aimed at raising awareness about the reality of drug overdose deaths and reducing the stigma associated with addiction.

Here are four things to know.

1. The event is held every year on Aug. 31.

2. The event started in 2001, when two Australian public health workers decided to host a local event and give out ribbons to anyone who wished to commemorate a friend, partner or family member who had died of a drug overdose.

3. Individuals can show support by donning a silver ribbon in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses or by donating here.

4. When the CDC releases its official tally of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. for 2016, the number will likely fall between 59,000 and 65,000, according to a projection published in June.

To find an event near you, click here.

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