Day 685

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31st August: International Overdose Awareness day.

Same themes – difficulty in recognising early warning signs, misunderstood, stigmatised, discriminated against and mismanaged, tragedy, shame, guilt, heartbreak for families, not selective whether you are a 12 years old school kid or a high flying professional, the state and the medical profession not doing enough, parents doing all they can to raise awareness, reduce stigma and prevent further loss of lives despite themselves being utterly broken.

The day aims to not only raise awareness about drug overdoses, but to bring attention to addiction in general and attempt to change the way we view and handle drug abuse.

Story: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/overdose-awareness-day-a-mothers-fight-to-fix-the-system-that-failed-her-son-20160829-gr3qht.html

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