A few facts about Drug overdoses from the Harm Reduction Coalition:
Unintentional drug overdose is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, just behind automobile crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1999 and 2004, the number of overdose deaths in the United States rose 77 percent, to almost 20,000. The CDC attributes the 62.5 percent rise in drug overdose deaths between 1999 and 2004 to a higher use of prescription painkillers and increasing numbers of overdoses of cocaine and prescription sedatives.
I know of three people who overdosed recently. One was the daughter and niece of two women I know. Too tragic, and senseless. I am donating 25% on behalf of Drug Prevention for the items in my Proceeds section that are purple.