The San Diego County, along with the rest of the world celebrated the international Overdose Awareness Day on Monday. 

The county organized an event at the Administration Center and lit it up with purple light to commemorate the event. 

San Diego Officials also spoke in front of the Administration Center to increase people’s awareness on the matter.

According to a County News Center report, more than six hundred placards stand in front of the center to remember everyone who died from accidental overdosing in San Diego the last tear. 

No one else has to die, county officials said. 

Some of the local officials present at the event are County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, County District Attorney Summer Stephan, and Director Luke Bergman of Behavioural Health.

Other groups include law enforcement, drug prevention, and health officials. 

According to the speakers from the event, the number of deaths from accidental overdose is increasing, and these people came from different groups and backgrounds.

Also, there is still a need to educate people, to realize that substance abuse is a disorder that can be beaten, as per the County News Center. 

Supervisor Gaspar reminds parents to “look into” their cabinet medicines and dispose of “expired” and “unused” medicines properly, as a first step in lessening drug overdose. 

According to DA Stephan, fentanyl deaths in San Diego increased from 152 in 2019 to 203 in 2020. 

One of the reasons is due to the “lacing” of other drugs with fentanyl, Stephan said. 

Moreover, drug overdose has become more of a problem due to COVID-19. 

According to Dr. Bergmann, the pandemic exacerbated it due to people getting stressed, and in effect turn to substance abuse. 

What To Know About International Overdose Awareness Day 

The annual global event started in 2001, and since then, people all over the world celebrate the International Overdose Awareness Day with the hopes of raising awareness and reducing stigma against deaths due to drugs. 

Moreover, the day also acknowledges the grief of the victims’ loved ones. 

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