Overdose Awareness Day
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By: Hannah Michelle Bussa, NEWS EDITOR
August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day, a day during Overdose Awareness Week in the United States marked to mourn the lives lost to drug overdoses.
In Omaha and Lincoln this month, there have been an increase in overdose deaths due to fentanyl-laced drugs.
“Most drug users are unaware that the drug they are using is laced with fentanyl,” Andre’a Bowens, the owner and a counselor at ABowens Drug and Alcohol Counseling, said. “According to the CDC, synthetic opioid fatalities rose 55% between September 2019 and September 2020.”
Bowens said the CDC reported that 90,000 Americans died from overdose in the last 12 months.
“There has been an increase in fentanyl overdoses and deaths, but it is nothing new,” said Payton Hogan, PLMHP, PLADC. “Fentanyl has been a legal pharmaceutical used and prescribed by medical doctors for quite some time. It is highly effective in creating a euphoric feeling, highly addictive, and deadly even in small amounts.”
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