Just in case you didn't know it (and I didn't), International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31 -- next week.
FAMM board member Jason Flom has a thoughtful op-ed in The Huffington Post asking what his industry -- the music business -- can do to start talking about and raising awareness of drug overdoses and how to prevent them. Here's one of his many interesting suggestions:
We cannot forget the lives that have been lost, nor can we allow this catastrophe to continue. I'm calling on radio stations everywhere to help spread the word on International Overdose Awareness Day by playing music created by bands that have lost a member to a drug overdose, like Sublime, Blind Melon, Hole, Alice in Chains, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Ramones. Music by legends like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. I hope that the radio stations will mention Overdose Awareness Day and to give out the website www.drugpolicy.org/overdose so listeners can learn more about how to reduce overdose deaths.Check it out and spread the word.