Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st

Tuesday - Aug 30, 2022

CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) recognizes August 31st as International Overdose Awareness Day. International Overdose Awareness Day strives to honor the lives lost to drug overdose and its impact on victim's friends, family, and the public at large.

In the United States, overdose-related deaths have been on the rise in the last two decades. Over 107,000 Americans died from a drug-related overdose in 2021. The opioid epidemic's impact has also influenced these numbers. In Illinois, 3,494 individuals died from a drug-related overdose in 2021. In Champaign County, 41 people died from an opioid overdose in 2021. Considering these statistics, it's important to note that for every reported overdose, there are countless others that go unreported.

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