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Our Mission Is To End Overdose In SLO County!

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SLO Overdose Awareness Day is commemorated each year on August 31st. This free event is an opportunity for our community to come together to learn more about overdose and how to prevent it, to remember those whose lives have been lost to overdose, and to act together to end the stigma.
International Overdose Awareness Day was started in Australia in 2001. The aim of this campaign is to spread the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable. Learn more about the movement here.
“Every day, lives around us are being changed and lost to overdose,” says Jennifer Rhoads, SLO County’s Opioid Safety Coordinator. “Overdose does not discriminate; it can affect you or someone you love, a friend, colleague, or a neighbor.”
In 2021, SLO County lost 123 residents to overdose, a 40% increase from 2020 (88 deaths) and a 132% increase from 2019 (53 deaths). Three out of four overdoses in 2021 involved opioids. Now fentanyl is making the problem worse, and we want to support families who are challenged with how to discuss the problem and educate youth in how to prevent overdose.