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August 28, 2014
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Letter: International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31

Informed about overdose issues

I just became aware that August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. My son-in-law’s 20-year-old son died of a heroin overdose three years ago. Evidently most overdose deaths happen to heroin addicts, with prescription drug addicts coming in a distant second.

David had done everything he could to treat his son, sending him to rehab centers, talking with him, etc. But heroin addicts are difficult to help.

Some folks in Chicago have launched an IODAD travelling exhibit, wherein more than 100 tombstones are placed in the front yards (often in upscale neighborhoods) with the names of people who have died of heroin overdoses on each tombstone.

The project culminates on August 31, when people from all over come to Chicago for a commemoration of those who have died. The people will be handed papers with information about the causes of addiction and what they can do to help.

May I suggest that we all observe August 31 in our own way: thinking of ways to combat or bring attention to the problem in our area, reaching out to an addict, praying, etc.

Judy Lasswell


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