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#1504179 --- 08/27/17 06:19 PM International Overdose Awareness Day
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“As a career prosecutor, I know we cannot arrest our way out of fatal overdose. The overdose crisis is a public health crisis, and as such, it has a public health solution,” said Gwen Wilkinson, Interim Drug Policy Coordinator for the City of Ithaca and former District Attorney of Tompkins County. “I know that empowered with Narcan and accurate information about overdose, Ithacans will save lives. This event will equip the community with the information they need to understand and respond to overdose in a way that prioritizes, values, and preserves human life.”

Ithaca Plan forum happening for International Overdose Awareness Day

by Guest Contributor
Ithaca Voice
August 27, 2017


ITHACA, N.Y. — In response to New York State’s accelerating overdose epidemic, the Ithaca Plan is holding a public educational event about overdose and calling for life-saving approaches that prioritize public health. The event will also focus on remembering those who have lost their lives to overdose. Additionally, attendees will be trained in the use of and given their own Narcan kits. Narcan, also known as naloxone, is an overdose reversal drug that is available over the counter.

The community forum is part of coordinated public education events that will take place around the world for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The Ithaca Community Forum will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm on August 31st, 2017, at The Space @ GreenStar on 700 W. Buffalo Street. It will include an educational presentation, two panels, remembrance, and Narcan training.

The increasing toll of overdose in New York underscores the urgent need for communities to learn how to prevent and reverse overdoses and for smart policy approaches that preserve human life. Nationally, there were 500,000 opioid-related deaths between 2000 and 2015. In 2015 alone, opioid and heroin overdoses killed 52,404 people--more people than traffic accidents and homicides combined.

Mirroring the national trend, in New York State, deaths from drug overdoses increased 71 percent between 2010 and 2015, emergency departments saw 37,347 opioid-related outpatient visits (a 73.1% increase from 2010) and 75,110 opioid-related inpatient hospital admissions (a 3% increase from 2010) in 2014.

Read on: https://ithacavoice.com/2017/08/64317/
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#1504408 --- 09/05/17 06:41 AM Re: International Overdose Awareness Day [Re: Teonan]
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International Overdose Awareness Day: 'The stigma of addiction, it kills people. It forces people to suffer in secret'

by Jolene Almendarez
Ithaca Voice

Sept. 4, 2017

On International Overdose Awareness Day, 32 red or black heart were pinned to a purple ribbon commemorating people who have died from an overdose.

One woman remembered her husband the father of her their children. Another person remembered a woman he called "the love of my life." Another man remembered his Ithaca friends Antwan Brooks and Stephanie Dvorak, both of whom died of overdoses in the past year or so.

At The Space @GreenStar Thursday evening, three panels consisting of health care providers, law enforcement, and community organizers discussed the future of the opioid epidemic locally and recognized to the War on Drugs' failed past.

Read on: https://ithacavoice.com/2017/09/internat...-suffer-secret/
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