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On International Overdose Day the NFSN offers support to the families affected by overdose.

This year’s International Overdose Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug related death.

The National Family Support Network (NFSN) today remembers the families across the country affected by overdose. According to figures from the most recent National Drug Related Deaths Index[1], in 2012, 350 people in Ireland died as a result of overdose.

Every year International Overdose Day highlights the tragedy of overdose and acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one as a result of a drug related death. Additionally the theme for this year’s awareness day is ‘Rethink and Remember’ and aims to create an awareness of overdose amongst the public as well as challenging them to rethink their perceptions of drug overdose.

NFSN co-ordinator Sadie Grace says that overdose can happen to any family and highlights the importance of family support when a loved one is struggling with substance misuse issues;

“Substance misuse and overdose do not discriminate and can happen to any family. The most recent National Drugs Related Death Index indicates that 350 people died as a result of overdose, leaving behind 350 grieving families. Today on International Overdose Day, the National Family Support Network wants to clearly highlight to these families and to all families in Ireland, that if they are living with issues of addiction and overdose, they are not alone. I would strongly urge any family member faced with such issues to contact the Network and to get the help and support that they need.”


[1] http://www.hrb.ie/health-information-in-house-research/alcohol-drugs/publications/adru-publication/publications//665/

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