Words Matter: International Overdose Awareness Day Prompts Call From Erie County Task Force

For International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force is providing guidance for media outlets and reporters, health care providers, law enforcement agencies, the justice system, community organizations and the general public to use person-centered, de-stigmatizing language in communications, professional settings

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Spectrum Health Marks International Overdose Awareness Day

The statistics are startling. Here in Erie County, there was a 57% increase in confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020. Nationally there was a 30% increase. The trajectory for 2021 is not any better: as of July 14, there were 85 confirmed opioid-related deaths and

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