Experts Offer Public Information During International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2016

Rhode Island Hospital will observe International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by providing educational materials and highlighting addiction resources in the community.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, physicians, social workers and other health care professionals will offer information on how to identify addiction, risks for overdose, and the importance of naloxone intervention in the event of an overdose, as well as highlight community resources available to those suffering addiction.

The informational table will be outside the George Auditorium, near the hospital’s main lobby.

The annual awareness day aims to raise awareness about drug overdose and reduce the stigma associated with addiction. Opioid drug overdose has skyrocketed in the United States in recent years, with annual deaths quadrupling since 1999.

In 2014, Rhode Island had the 6th highest age-adjusted opioid overdose death rate in the country. In 2015, more than 250 residents died as a result of an opioid drug overdose, with virtually every city and town affected.

Christina Spaight O'Reilly

Senior Public Relations Officer
Rhode Island Hospital