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International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

About International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year. Its purpose is to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends.

Overdose Rates In America

Drug overdose deaths in the United States spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic; recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that more than 105,000 lives were lost in 2021. This level of preventable mortality stands in stark contrast to international peer countries and is contributing to an unprecedented decline in U.S. life expectancy.
 
Data released during the past year showed a dramatic increase in U.S. drug overdose deaths after COVID-19 emerged, with nearly 92,000 lives lost in 2020. Provisional data indicate that more than 105,000 lives were lost in 2021. Researchers have pointed to factors such as social isolation, addiction treatment interruption, and stronger synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
 
These staggering numbers are well above most international peer countries. Analysis of the latest publicly available data from each country finds that in 2020, the U.S. had the highest unadjusted rate of drug overdose deaths — 277 lives lost per million residents.

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Keystone Laboratories, a CAP-accredited North Carolina licensed laboratory and CLIA-licensed lab, is committed to helping you make important decisions that impact the safety and health of your patients with greater confidence. Clients in 48 states can get prescription drug and substance abuse recovery monitoring, specialized testing, workplace drug testing, screening, and program management services from Keystone. Contact Keystone Laboratories today to receive the industry-leading laboratory testing services!

International Overdose Awareness Day 2022
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