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TO DECLARE MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020, AS OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO EXPRESS HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES TO OVERDOSE.
Whereas, recognizing that addiction is a disease, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death; and
Whereas, International Overdose Awareness Day acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose; and
Whereas, globally, an estimated minimum of 190,900 premature deaths are caused by drugs. The United States leads the world in drug overdose deaths, with opioids accounting for the majority of drug-related deaths. Such deaths are avoidable in most cases; and
Whereas, for 2020, International Overdose Awareness Day's theme is once again "Time to Remember. Time to Act." Accordingly, this day should stimulate discussion in order to educate communities about overdose prevention and provide information on the range of support services and resources that exist in our communities; and
Whereas, in addition, this day provides an opportunity for people to mourn publicly for loved ones, some for the first time, without feeling guilt or shame. It also sends a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued; and
Whereas, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the House urges the citizens of this great State to educate themselves about this important issue. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, declare Monday, August 31, 2020, as Overdose Awareness Day in South Carolina and to express heartfelt sympathy to those who have lost loved ones to overdose.
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