Emergent BioSolutions and three major league baseball teams have teamed up with Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse to highlight the importance of overdose reversal medicines on International Overdose Awareness Day – Aug. 31, 2020.
According to the groups, 47,000 people a year die from an accidental opioid overdose – enough to fill a baseball stadium. Working with the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Emergent and MAPDA hope to illustrate their point during games through special announcements, videos, and stadium presentations about the importance of life-saving overdose reversing medication.
Additionally, the groups have created a website that illustrates their points and provides users to “take a stand” against accidental opioid deaths and to make a donation to MAPDA.
“Emergent is committed to doing everything we can to increase awareness, access, and availability of potentially lifesaving overdose reversal medicines,” said Doug White, SVP and devices business unit head at Emergent BioSolutions. “We are proud to team up with the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and MAPDA on International Overdose Awareness Day to highlight the important role that overdose reversal medicines play in preparing individuals and families in the event of an accidental opioid overdose. Everyone can take a stand and take action by talking to their doctor or pharmacists about having immediate access to overdose reversal medicines.”
The website also allows those who have lost a family member to an accidental opioid overdose to leave a brief memory of them and their story.
“By increasing awareness about the importance of having immediate access to overdose reversal medicines, we may empower individuals to be prepared in the event of an opioid overdose emergency,” said Mary Bono, former U.S. Congresswoman and chairman and CEO of MAPDA. “MAPDA is honored to stand alongside Emergent, the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies, to help more individuals know about and access potentially life-saving medicines to treat opioid overdoses.”