Friday, Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of addiction. Every day, in the United States alone, nearly 150 people will die from drug overdoses. The U.S. accounts for approximately one-quarter of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise.
Mostly driven by opioids, overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled during the period from 1999-2015, growing from 16,849 to 52,404 annually.
The St. Francis Borgia’s Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) will be available in the gathering space after all the Masses Aug. 18 – 19 to answer any questions you may have regarding this ministry.
There will be votive candles and prayer cards available to assist with your prayers for Overdose Awareness Day.
Thank you for your support.