September 22nd, 2016 will be the second annual Opioid Painkiller Addiction Awareness Day (OPAAD). OPAAD coincides with both Pain Awareness month and National Recovery month, so is the ideal time to focus on opioid painkiller addiction and the people affected by it. For more details, visit http://www.turntohelp.co.uk/
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Opioid Painkiller Addiction Awareness Day (OPAAD), the 22nd September 2016 marks the return of the campaign that aims to raise awareness about issues related to addiction. By raising awareness of opioid painkiller dependence (OPD) – an addiction issue that can be an unintended consequence for some people taking opioid analgesics to relieve pain – OPAAD aims to start a dialogue with and reassure people who are addicted to opioid painkillers that they have nothing to hide. Help and support are available for both patients and families effected by OPD.
OPAAD 2016 will highlight the need for improved awareness amongst the general public of the risk of becoming dependent on commonly available painkillers that contain potentially addictive opioids. It will also signpost NICE guidelines that recommend over-the-counter opioids should be taken for no more than three days, with the ultimate aim of empowering and helping people to find the support they or their loved ones need to tackle their addiction.