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The 185aDay campaign honors those lost to drug overdose and other complications of substance use. The latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data revealed that more than 67,367 people died from a drug overdose in 2018 -- 185 a day. It is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States; more than deaths from gun violence or car accidents

185aDay is over 200 stories shared by family members who have lost a loved one to addiction. Read and share their stories at 185aDay.org.

Spread the word of 185aDay by using the messages and graphics below. Increase awareness in your network and help remember those we have lost to this disease.

 

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Addiction Policy Forum Launches #185aDay Campaign


This week Addiction Policy Forum launched the #185aDay awareness campaign to honor those lost to drug overdose and other complications of substance use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s new 2018 data revealed that more than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses -- 185 a day -- making it the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States; more than deaths from gun violence or car accidents. The campaign features over 200 stories submitted by family members who have lost a loved one to addiction.

Below are excerpts from the campaign:

 

Cassidy Aspen Cochran

Cassidy

“She was our sunshine, our beautiful and bright angel. But to shine some light on an illness that is taking the lives of far too many, if we allow shame, guilt or embarrassment to cause this illness to become a dark family secret, hiding in the shadows, everyone loses.”

-Cassidy’s mom, Charla

 

 

 

Anthony Fiore

Anthony

“The disease of addiction is a merciless, non-discriminatory devil. The loss of my big brother has created a sore on my heart that will never heal. We must fight to end this epidemic.”

-Anthony’s brother, Gino

 

Read more stories and get involved at 185aDay.org.