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Washington DC

Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
Date: 31/08/2021
Time: 04:00 pm
Location: Marvin Gaye Park
5200 Foote St. NE
Washington DC
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: HIPS
Contact: Johnny Bailey
Phone: 703-303-9470

Please join HIPS, the AU Humanities Truck, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Revise Inc., and other community partners for our annual event to remember and honor all those we’ve lost to overdose.
93,000 people in the U.S. died in 2020 from overdose. In DC, 511 people died from an overdose fatality. These are record-high numbers both locally and nationally. Overdose death is preventable, and there’s never been a more urgent time to learn how (and learn how to save a life!).

We’ll be gathering from 4-8pm at Marvin Gaye Park for a live performance from singer/songwriter Tony Aye, music, and cookout. We’ll also be hosting a Narcan/overdose response training and hear from people who use drugs and/or people in recovery about their lived experience, as well as providers/researchers with local expertise on drug use and overdose in the District. Some HIPS services, including HIV/Hep C testing, safer sex and safer drug use supplies, and linkage to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), will also be available.

We will also be paying tribute to Maurice Abbey-Bey (affectionately known as Moe), whose tireless work as HIPS’s Syringe Exchange Coordinator and the founder/President of The Chosen Few made it possible for us to successfully hold this event now for many years.

The event will be held outside, with masks available for anyone who needs one. We will be live-streaming it on Facebook for folks who are not able or comfortable attending in-person. Please reach out to Johnny Bailey at if you have any questions/concerns or are interested in joining us as a community partner, and follow HIPS’s Facebook page for further updates closer to the date: