International overdose awareness day brought hope

North America leading overdose mortality rate; 24/7 substance abuse hotline available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers free, confidential referral and information for individuals facing issues with substance abuse or families facing related issues.

COURTESY OF JOSE M. OSORIO / CHICAGO TRIBUNE

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers free, confidential referral and information for individuals facing issues with substance abuse or families facing related issues.

SANDI KOBIESA, Managing editor

Aug. 31 marked International Overdose Awareness Day. Last year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated around 90,237 people died of an overdose in the United States. 

The awareness day was intended to remember those who lost their fights against substance abuse and to remember overdose deaths are preventable, according to the release. 

Pullman Police Department set up a dropbox in its lobby at 260 SE Kamiaken St. for any unwanted prescription drugs. The 24/7 service is a safe way to dispose of medication, preventing children from accidentally consuming harmful substances, according to a PPD news release.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers free, confidential referral and information for individuals facing issues with substance abuse or families facing related issues, according to the release.

SAMHSA helps individuals find local treatment centers, support groups and community-based programs, free of charge, according to the release. 

North America continues to lead the highest drug-related mortality rate, despite the U.S. War on Drugs, according to the release.

SAMHSA’s national hotline is available 24/7 at 1(800)662-4357.