International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event to raise awareness to overdoses, break the stigma, and spread the message that they are preventable.
What is our community doing to prevent overdoses:
Through youth, parent and family education the Brunswick County Coalition, Cape Fear Coalition and Coastal Horizon’s Prevention Department are working to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. According to NIDA, 8 out of 10 heroin users started with prescription drugs and New Hanover and Brunswick County are both in the top ten for prescription drug overdoses in North Carolina. By partnering with other organizations we also address proper storage, use and misuse. Click here to find a medication drop box near you.
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) provides harm reduction resources such as Naloxone, syringe exchange, and the Good Samaritan Law.