FFC Black Balloon Day: Overdose & Grief

Posted on February 29, 2020 by Manny Godoy under Death, Funerals
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Black Balloon Day 2020 OverdosePart 1 of a 2-Part Series

Black Balloon Day is March 6, 2020. A national and international event, the campaign is designed to bring awareness to death by overdose. This is a worthwhile endeavor. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 72,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2019. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. Some 47,700+ people die from overdose deaths related to prescription opioids and illicit opioids (heroin and illicit fentanyl). More Americans die of opioid overdoses than car accidents or guns (homicide/suicide).

Stop Drug Overdose Black Balloon DayOn the heels of Black Balloon Day, we thought it fitting to discuss the current prevalence of drug and alcohol overdoses (ODs) in America in this week’s blog post.

Black Balloon Day: Drug Use & Overdose in AmericaDrug Overdose Black Balloon Day

Drugs Overdose Black Balloon DayHistory of Black Balloon Day

Designed to call attention to the overdose epidemic, the Black Balloon movement was the brainchild of a Boston resident, Diane Hurley, who lost both her son and son-in-law to overdoses. To memorialize the two men and highlight the drug addiction crisis in our country, Hurley and her family hung black balloons outside of their homes on the anniversary of their loved one’s deaths. The simple gesture morphed into a national movement celebrated each March 6.

Check back next week to read the final entry in this two-part series. Part two will cover ways to spot signs of drug addiction and tips for grieving over the loss of someone to overdose. Drug Overdoses Glendora Black Balloon Day

About Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services in Glendora, California

Couple Grieving Overdose Black Balloon DayWhen the time comes, if you so desire, we would value the opportunity to help you pre-plan for yourself or a family member or friend. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart provide great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate settings in both locations.

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