Today, August 31st, is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is a day to remember all of those who have needlessly died from Overdose.
This year, 2020 is particularly poignant, as the rate of Overdose appears to have increased, in small part due to COVID19. While evidence suggests that People Who Inject Drugs have by and large escaped the first wave of coronavirus, unfortunately, the rate of Overdose appears to have increased in many countries.
The reasons for this unwelcome increase may not be clear but reports of poor quality drugs and increased rates of contamination with Fentanyl appear to be at the root of the problem.
On this International Awareness Day, we at One-Use wish to re-confirm our commitment to Harm Reduction principles. Always remember to limit the quantity of drugs that you inject to the bare minimum. A cooker such as One-Use Spoon with a capacity of less than 3ml is one way to control your intake.
Never inject alone and ensure that either you or your partner is carrying Naloxone (Narcan) in the event that one of you overdoses. This will save your life.
Finally, on this day, we salute the one group of front-line workers who never get a mention and that is the Harm Reduction Workers (Drug Outreach Workers). This group of heroes save thousands of lives every year.
In this bizarre year, stay safe everyone!