National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Each year the USBC requests a Congressional Proclamation to declare August as National Breastfeeding Month in the United States.
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
National Health Center Week (Aug 9-15)
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. https://healthcenterweek.org/
Friendship Day (Aug.1)
Friendship Day is celebrated on August 01, 2021. It takes place on the first Sunday in August each year. Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association.
Nationals Women Equality Day (Aug.26)
Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.
International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31)
International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose.
Opioids dull the senses, induce relaxation and euphoria. They depress (slow down) breathing and the heart rate. In high doses, opioids depress the body’s natural urge to breathe. When someone is having an overdose they can stop breathing and may die. Even if a person does not die from overdose, they can sustain brain damage.
Signs of overdose can include:
• No response to stimuli
• Shallow/stopped breathing
• Can’t be woken up
• Unusual snoring/gurgling sounds
• Blue/grey lips or finger tips
• Floppy arms and legs
*If you cannot get a response from someone, do not assume they are asleep. Unusual or deep snoring is a common sign of overdose. Do not let people at risk ‘sleep it off’.
Alcohol depresses the nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (to prevent choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually cause these functions to shut down. Since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach, excessive vomiting is also common. If the person is unconscious, this could lead to death by asphyxiation.
Signs of Overdose:
• Confusion • Loss of co-ordination
• Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
• Slow breathing (less than eight breaths per minute)
• Pale or blue tinged skin
• Low body temperature (hypothermia)
• Unconsciousness or passing out
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