Language Matters: How “overdose” excludes

Over the last month, Wake the Nation began posting about our Holiday Memorial for those who passed from “overdose”.

In posting, the flyers were shared on various Facebook groups related to substance use disorder. It was on one of these pages, a family member of someone who had passed away from alcohol use disorder asked not only to have her loved one included, but also if our team would consider changing our language to clarify that those who have passed from alcohol poisoning can also be included.

Our response, “Absolutely”. And thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Most often, when the word, “overdose” is used, it does not seem to include those who passed from alcohol use disorder and/or related complications. Consequently, it seems a bit exclusive.

In response, and in accordance with our values, our team will implement using the terms “drug poisoning” and “alcohol poisoning” in future marketing of our Holiday Memorial.

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