197 A Day… These are People Who Are Loved!

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The CDC has released an updated estimated death toll, still officially unpublished. The addiction epidemic is taking 197 people a day in the United States now!

It is estimated that 72,000 people have died in 2017 from a drug overdose. This breaks down to 197 per day. If each person as at least 10 people in their life, which I feel is a small guess, we are looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected in 2017 by drug overdose.

Drugs Involved in U.S. Overdose Deaths* – Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017*, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths. Source: CDC WONDER

The chart above is from the DrugAbuse.gov.

We have to do more!

These are not just numbers, these are people. They are loved! They are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

I can only imagine how many we would have lost without Narcan.

Narcan saves lives, it’s just that simple!

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, there are events all over the world. There are many around Pittsburgh which we will be listing and highly encourage you to attend.

Do not think this will never happen to you, you may already know someone struggling with addiction and do not even realize it. It is beyond time to stand up and speak out. It is time to show compassion and help people struggling.

Video below is friend recovery advocate Richie Webber Recovery.

This post originally was posted at SunflowerEffect.org, a partner with Not One More Pittsburgh.