This year, we are joining communities around the world to raise awareness and share our commitment to help end the drug overdose crisis. Drug overdoses killed more than 63,000 Americans in 2016, an alarming increase of more than 20 percent from the previous year. As professionals providing care in correctional environments, we know this crisis is even more severe for our patients. Friday, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. We invite you to join us this week and spreading awareness by sharing the #EndOverdose message and wearing purple in recognition of IOAD2018.