International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day where we highlight the campaign to end overdoses, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

Statistics from the first quarter of 2022 show that the number of fatal overdoses this year are on track to surpass 2019 and 2021. There has also been a sharp uptick in fentanyl related overdoses.

If you, or someone you know, needs help to stop using substances, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). You can reach REAL LIFE at or (804) 406-4111 for more information about our programs. To find additional accredited recovery residences in Virginia, visit VARR at
If you suspect someone has overdosed, call 911 immediately. Stay with the person. If Naloxone (Narcan) is available and you’ve been trained to use it, do so. If it’s available and you haven’t been trained, let the 911 operator know you have it available and ask for instructions.
Virginia law provides anyone who calls 911 or otherwise alerts the authorities in the case of an overdose a “safe harbor” affirmative defense. Virginia law provides immunity for anyone who administers Naloxone in good faith.
Anyone can obtain Naloxone and receive training in how to administer! To sign up for training or to find out where you can get Naloxone, visit the Virginia Department of Health website at

Please help us remember those we have lost.