In 2018, 327 people sadly died due to drug poisoning in Wales.  That is the highest annual figure ever recorded.

At Barod, we believe that this is 327 too many…

That’s why, on the 31st August every year, we will be joining others across the world to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day 2020. We will stand alongside people affected by substance use, their loved ones and those who work within the drug and alcohol sector and other health and social care settings, to pay our respects and remember those who have tragically lost their lives due to accidental and preventable drug-related overdoses.

International Overdose Awareness Day, which takes place every year on the last day of August, is a global campaign that aims to raise awareness of overdose and to reduce the stigma associated to drug-related-deaths. It is also a time to stimulate conversation about what we can do as services, as well as the general public, to help reduce and end overdose.

Drug-related-deaths have increased every year in the UK since 2013. These deaths are all preventable. So what can be done and how can you help. Click here to read more about how you can get involved and help reduce drug-related-deaths in Wales.