International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Remembering Dead Friends on Overdose Awareness Day

By the time I was 21, I had more dead friends than fingers.

Source: Remembering Dead Friends on Overdose Awareness Day | VICE | United States

I think of my friend Damon who OD’d years ago.  I was devastated and cried for a week.  We used together pretty heavily during out teens and didn’t turn anything down.  If you had it, we wanted it.  But it never seemed like anything to worry about, even as we got into shooting speed, heroin, smoking crack, and taking lots of LSD.  Look at us now… he’s dead, I’m almost dead.  I’ve loaded up a few massive shots recently and said to myself/to God, “I’m ready to see Damon now.”  Before I plunge all the way down, I see my sons face appear and I stop injecting.

I loaded up a massive shot last night… did it all… no visions to stop me… 

I have more to offer this world apparently.