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BLVD Treatment Centers

August 31, 2016 15:09 ET

BLVD Treatment Centers and Award-Winning Poet Natalie Patterson Launch "I Know Someone" to Combat Addiction on International Overdose Awareness Day

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - August 31, 2016) - Each year on August 31st, thousands of people around the world commemorate lost loved ones in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day. Families and friends come together by hosting memorial services, creating art, or educating their community about the tragic consequences of substance abuse. Today, BLVD Treatment Centers and poet Natalie Patterson have joined forces to release "I Know Someone", a spoken word video highlighting the destructive nature of addiction, and www.IKnowSomeone.help, a website that allows people to send an anonymous message to someone who is suffering from drug abuse.

The need for awareness and assistance has never been more apparent; the United States faces a national opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of high-profile celebrities such as Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cory Monteith, and threatens to destroy some of society's most vulnerable members -- teens.

According to recent data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM), 467,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old consumed pain relievers and 168,000 suffered from an addiction to prescription medications. More disturbingly, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioids accounted for more than 62% of all substance abuse fatalities; out of 47,055 fatal overdoses in 2014, 18,893 were related to prescription pain relievers and 10,574 were related to heroin.

Teen addiction primarily begins when friends or relatives provide pain relievers without understanding the dangers of non-prescribed use. This year, BLVD Treatment Centers encourages friends and family members to talk openly about the dangers of addiction; reducing the stigma behind these conversations can create a paradigm shift that, one day, may mean the difference between life and death.

To view and share "I Know Someone", visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxJ-UAwk8mY&feature=youtu.be.

About BLVD Treatment Centers

A life of active addition is a shrinking life of ever-diminishing returns; a life of recovery is an expanding one filling up with love, truth, mindfulness, and joy. For a truly sustainable recovery, a powerful shift of one's core perceptions and belief systems must take place. At BLVD, we believe in a comprehensive approach that combines traditional, time-tested practices with innovative, evidence-based methods. We help our clients create a new life with new circumstances, a new paradigm, new community, and a restored sense of self.

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