August is National Overdose Awareness Month and International Overdose Awareness Day is held every August 31st.
Together, these events rank among the world’s largest annual campaigns to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind.
In recognition of these important observances, this podcast addresses opioid prevention locally, regionally and nationally.
During the podcast, Chelsea Amato, also a social worker by training, says opioid addiction in Pierce County is a community issue, not just an individual matter.
Everyone has been affected by the opioid crisis. It cuts across race and class and ability and health. This isn’t a character flaw. It’s an illness." – Chelsea Amato