|August 31, 2023, is International Overdose Awareness Day, and we pause to honor those who have died from an overdose and to reflect on the grief of those they left behind. |
Overdose is the leading cause of death for people ages 18 to 45 in America today. More than 100,000 people died of an overdose in the United States over a 12-month period in 2022. Among this group are our children, siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, non-blood relatives, and friends.
For many the observance on August 31 might be the first and only time to share their grief without stigma. International Overdose Awareness Day brings attention to issues surrounding substance use disorders (SUDs) and overdose deaths and allows people to grieve as they choose without fear of stigmatization.
The Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program is available to you if you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or in need of resources.
Call 1-855-333-2327 to be connected to a trained peer at your airline who will confidentially assist you. 1-855-33FADAP 1-855-333-2327
For more information-Overdose Prevention Strategy