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Learn How to Detect and Respond to an Overdose in Honor of International Overdose Awareness Day

by Todd Fausnaught, M.D. | Aug 29, 2019

Do you know how to recognize the signs of an overdose? Or what to do if someone is overdosing?

The organizers behind International Overdose Awareness Day want to ensure that you do.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year on August 31st to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Since its launch in 2001, the global event has also acknowledged the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Above all, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce overdose deaths by educating people about the signs and symptoms of overdose.

Here’s what everyone should know:

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"Relapse" Sounds Like a Bad Word. But Recovery Often Comes with a Slip.

by Todd Fausnaught, M.D. | Jul 19, 2019


The word implies “failure.” After beginning treatment for their addiction, patients often feel a sense of shame. Some people may resign themselves to their addiction if they don’t immediately succeed in treatment.

Because of the stigma and negative associations attached to the word relapse, much work has been done amongst the addiction community to move away from this term. We're now advocating for other terms, like “recurrence of use.” I prefer using the term "slip."

Whatever you call it, the science is clear that addiction is a chronic brain disease. Most people who attempt recovery will experience at least one slip.

But here’s the good news:

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