On the 31st of August we join with our partners to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day. We are grateful that the National Department of Social Development has recognised SANPUD as a strategic partner, and is also acknowledging IOAD. For further information and resources, visithttps://www.overdoseday.com/
To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, SANPUD and the National Department of Social Development, in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria, have launched three videos on drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos are part of a series produced by Prof Tessa Marcus. The series of videos will be available in five local languages. They are free for distributions and sharing. Please feel free to use them as you see fit. for more videos, click here.
Below are some of our friends who have died. None of them has died of old-age. Using unregulated drugs has negative consequences caused by lack of appropriate services, stigma , risks related to marginalisation, assault and arrest. The criminalisation of people who use drugs has an indirect or direct affect on most of the drug-related dangers people who use drugs face.
On International Overdose Awareness Day, we recognise all these factors are largely due to an overdose of prohibition, the most dangerous drug of all.
Mob justice, killings targeting the homeless, violent crime, death in detention and other deaths due to violent actions.
Many of these deaths are due to TB, HIV or Hepatitis C, sepsis. Most are preventable deaths if people get the right care.
Overdose, poisoning related deaths often due to the use of unregulated drugs.
Mainly these are preventable.