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    Australia

    Berwick

    VIC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Memorial & Celbration Service
    Date:
    Location: The Salvation Army Berwick
    Corner of Ernst Wanke Road & Parkhill Drive
    Berwick, Melbourne, Australia
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Salvation Army Berwick
    Contact: Craig Farrell
    Phone: 03 9704 1940
    Email: craig.farrell@aus.salvationarmy.org

    An opportunity to celebrate and remember loved friends and family members who have suffered from overdose.
    Also an opportunity to gather together to provide mutual support and awareness of overdose in our community.

    Canada

    Sudbury

    ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Community Event Sudbury
    Date:
    Location: Memorial Park – (Minto St/Brady St)
    Sudbury, ON
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Reseau ACCESS Network
    Contact: Amber Fritz
    Phone: 705.688.0500 ext 220
    Email: amberf@reseauaccessnetwork.com

    Community BBQ on Monday August 27th to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost to overdose and create awareness to eliminate stigma and spread the message that overdose is preventable! The event will include guest speakers, information tables and naloxone training on site.

    Edmonton

    Alberta

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – Candle light ceremony
    Date:
    Location: Edmonton
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Angela
    Phone:
    Email: grasp.edmonton@gmail.com

    Please visit our Facebook event page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/200287380592613/

    Vancouver BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
    Date:
    Location: Vancouver Art Gallery,South Plaza
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Tabitha
    Phone:
    Email: tvmontgomery2014@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/245637189326847/

    This will be a peaceful evening Vigil and Rally
    to remember those lost to overdose and share
    progressive overdose education with the public.

    The Opioid Crisis across N.America has to stop!
    Let’s keep educated how we can prevent overdose,
    warning signs of drug misuse,addiction,intervention,
    safe treatments,long term rehabilitation,recovery and
    long term recovery.This is a health issue,NOT moral!

    Rallying together can encourage people to feel
    less isolated when facing personal challenges –
    and or loss. Stigma cannot hold back progress
    when we come together and show there is no
    shame in a human beings struggles with issues
    related to Substance Use Disorders,Recreational
    and or Mental Health issues.

    Red Deer

    Alberta

    Event: Leah’s Light a 5km Walk/Run for Overdose Awareness
    Date:
    Location: Kiwanis Picnic Park
    #4500 Fountain Drive10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Ashley Balan
    Phone: 4033737378
    Email: ashley34@telus.net

    August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day.
    As you know overdose is an issue near and dear to my heart. Please come out and help raise awareness as well as raise some money for the Turning Point Society of Central Alberta in Red Deer.

    May 9th the event will be open for registration and the registration link will be posted on the Facebook event page. You must register to participate.

    Guelph

    Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day 2018
    Date:
    Location: TBA
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ARCH HIV/AIDS RESOURCES & COMMUNITY HEALTH
    Contact: Karen Lomax
    Phone: 519-994-5419 or 519-763-2255 x151
    Email: street@archguelph.ca

    A time to remember the ones we have lost….A time to be thankful for the folks we still have…

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event and Memorial
    Date:
    Location: TBD
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: City of Hamilton’s Harm Reduction Program
    Contact: Margot Corbin
    Phone: 905-546-2424 x7475
    Email: margot.corbin@hamilton.ca

    Details to follow: Come and join us to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, to support those whose lives have been affected by overdose, to raise awareness of overdose in our local community, to decrease the stigma of drug-related death and to provide harm reduction resources and Naloxone to those who need it.

    Nanaimo

    british columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: Aug. 31 2018 1:30 till 3:00 PM
    Location: 150 Nlcol Street
    B.C.Canada
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Wisteria Community Association
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net
    Visit Website

    We have over 20 Speakers for our International Overdose Awareness Day

    Leduc

    Alberta

    Event: Overdose Awareness Event
    Date: Friday, August 24th 7pm-10pm
    Location: Alexandra Park
    #1 Alexandra Park
    Leduc, AB
    Contact: Jessica
    Phone: 780-293-0789

    Time to Remember, Time To Act

    We will be marking International Overdose Awareness on Friday, August 24th and invite you to join us.

    Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. Thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. We will be remembering those lost on August 24th, promoting overdose awareness to our community. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.

    Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand mental illness, prescription overdose, unintentional overdose and how fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society.

    The day also serves as a warning that not only illicit drugs can be dangerous and no-one is immune to overdose.

    With the number of fatalities from prescription drugs growing it is also a chance to see that medicines are not always our friends. Painkillers and other pharmacy drugs play an important medical role but their careless use can have tragic long-term consequences.

    Participation in International Overdose Awareness Day is free. We will be honoring those we lost and share information on the overdose epidemic in our community. Anyone wishing to be involved may do so.

    Ghana

    ACCRA

    GHANA

    Event: GHANA NATIONAL 2018 OVERDOSE DAY CELEBRATION: WHERE ARE WE
    Date:
    Location: H/NO. D490/3 EDMAC HOUE -AAYALOLO ARENA -ACCRA
    SAME
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: COMMUNITY AND FAMILY AID FOUNDATION-GHANA
    Contact: JOSEPH SENYO KWASHIE
    Phone: +233274313220
    Email: bossbig24@gmail.com

    EVENT LOCATION: AMASAM –GA WEST MUNICIPAILITY -ACCRA-GHANA
    EVENT TOPICS: GHANA NATIONAL 2018 OVERDOSE DAY CELEBRATION: WHERE ARE WE
    EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 301 to 500 PARTICIPANTS
    EVENT: A community durbar will be held, on the31 of august, 2018 .Dialogue with key stakeholders , citizens, and the health sector, to address primary health cares and financing with over 500 participants.
    TARGET: traditional authorities, service providers, decision makers, speakers, facilitators, and guest. Ministry of health and Ghana health service, the Member of Parliament, civil society etc.
    GOAL: to increase UHC awareness by Advocating for stakeholders support and influencing for improved primary health care and financing to addressing gaps in Ghana
    OBJECTIVES: conduct a Ghana National International Overdose Day 2018 Celebration Community Durbar Advocating on primary health care and financing day 2018 in the AMASAMAN, community’s communities of greater Accra Region within the campaign period
    METHODOLOGY: The event will be hosted on the31th of AUGUST, 2018 featuring policymakers, influencers, diverse expert, activist, artists, and champion. The program will be moderated based on a set of primary health care and financing questions that will be raised for decision makers to provide answers. Invited citizens and actors will have the chance to ask questions that demand responses and attention to these decision makers. Key decisions, promises and follow up communiqué will be issued
    INNOVATION: set up social media -live streaming, media discussions, radio airing, press release, blogging, whatup, face book, twitter, integral, radio discussion, videos, signature collection etc
    SUSTAINABILITY: streamlined into the current on-going UHC activities of target areas. Lessons learnt will be reviewed into the project activities.

    INTENDED OUTCOMES: ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS
    CAFAF-GHANA -administrator
    Ghana coalition oF NGOS in Health – field coordinator
    APPLE-GHANA -Advocacy Materials Development
    Ghana Market Women Association
    Peoples Health Movement Ghana platform
    Ghana Health Workers Association the Ghana Medical Association

    OUTCOME:-
    •Improved Knowledge on OVERDOSE
    •Increased demand for and the channeling of more resources to fast track education on overdose awareness
    •Increase financial support and resources to addressing existing gaps in the health sector Increased follow up on decision makers and key agreement reached as part of their commitment to achieving quality and improve national stand on overdose.

    Our Budget

    Item Overflow Total
    Communication 250.00
    Mobilization 500.00
    Resource Person 250.00
    Refreshment 500.00
    Coverage And Media Awareness Creation 200.00
    Administration 100.00
    Event Packages 300.00
    DSA 500.00
    GRAND TOTAL 2500.00

    India

    Imphal

    Manipur

    Event: Observation of International Overdose Day
    Date: 31-08-2018 10:00 am
    Location: Manipur Press Club
    Majorkhul, Imphal West District – 795001, Manipur
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Social Awareness Service Organisation
    Contact: Mr. RK. Tiken
    Phone: +91 9436022206
    Email: sasofhi360@gmail.com

    The program will be on remembrance of dear and near one who lost their lives on overdose. As a part of FHI360 support, we enhance the capacity of Targeted Intervention NGOs on Overdose Management through training and enable them to adopt quick response and management. On the occasion, we will show the gratitude to those NGO’s staffs and volunteers who dedicated their valuable times in responding the OD cases and saves lives.

    Ireland

    Limerick

    Event: Novas Naloxone Drive
    Date: Wednesday 30th August 2017 9am-1pm
    Location: McGarry House
    Contact: Jenny Hannon
    Phone: 083 4791264
    Email: jenny.hannon@novas.ie

    Novas staff will provide Naloxone training and prescribing to residents of McGarry House

    Nepal

    Kathmandu

    State 3

    Event: Music For Social Cause
    Date:
    Location: Hand Ball Ground
    Akashe Dhara ,Woda no 10
    KAthmandu,Nepal
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Novo Harm Reduction Community Nepal
    Contact: Bibek Adhikari
    Phone: +977-9865452792
    Email: sambavchha@gmail.com

    Respected all,
    This is our second time we are organizing International Overdose Day.This year we will be organizing free concert and awareness at Akashadhera,woda no 10 Kathmandu,Nepal.We would like to request all to support us to make this event great success.We request all of organizers and kind hearten people to donate us even 10 Dollars to support Free Drug Treatment for those who cannot afford treatment and are compelled to live at dark side of life.Together we can.

    New Zealand

    Wellington

    New Zealand

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: DHDP, 233A Willis St, Wellington.Southern Cross Hotel, 39 Abel Smith St, Wellington.
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Drugs, Health and Development Project Trust (DHDP)
    Contact: Carl Greenwood
    Phone: +6443828404
    Email: info@drugsproject.co.nz

    This day can be split into two events, during the day people are welcome to drop into DHDP. We will have a memorial tree that people are able to write cards and add to the tree. Take a few moments to remember loved ones that have passed due to an overdose and relax with a drink and nibbles to reflect.
    From 4pm we will hosting an evening at Southern Cross Hotel where we will be celebrating the lives of those who have passed on due to overdose, reflecting and celebrating 30 years of Needle Exchange Program in New Zealand, and raising awareness of what still needs to be done to deal with the issue of overdose and providing harm reduction services to our community.

    Romania

    Timisoara

    Event: Ziua Internationala de Constientizare a Efectelor Supradozei
    Date: 31/08/18
    Location: Eveniment online: https://www.facebook.com/addictionTM/
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Centrul de Informare asupra Dependentei
    Contact: Otilia Tudorel

    Ziua Internațională de Conștientizare a Efectelor Supradozei
    Pentru celebrarea acestui eveniment, Centrul de Informare asupra Dependentei (CID) va organiza sesiuni de informare despre consumul și dependența de substanțe (alcool, droguri etc.), simptome, consecințe asupra vieții consumatorului și a familiei, simptome în caz de supradoză, prevenirea supradozei și informații pentru cei care au pierdut pe cineva drag din cauza supradozei de substanțe. De asemenea, se vor oferi informații despre un stil de viață sănătos.
    Vă așteptăm să vă alăturați acestei campanii, ca voluntari, sponsori, promotori ai evenimentului, cititori, ascultători, participând cu idei, adunând/trimițând povești ale celor care și-au pierdut viața în urma supradozei sau a modului în care familia și prietenii acestora au fost afectate.
    Sunteți cu toții bineveniți!

    UK

    Aberdeen

    Aberdeenshire

    Event: Live to remember,Remember to live.
    Date:
    Location: 32 Cattofield Square
    Aberdeen
    AB25 3QB.
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Substance Bereavement Support Aberdeen
    Contact: caroline butler
    Phone: 7709797884
    Email: carolinebtlr@gmail.com

    Remembering those who have lost their lives through addiction.

    Dundee

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Addaction
    The Signpost Centre
    Lothian Crescent
    Dundee
    DD4 0HU
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Addaction Dundee
    Contact: Bobbie Haggart
    Phone: 01382 206888
    Email: bobbie.haggart@addaction.org.uk

    Join us on International Overdose Day where we will be holding a memorial service for individuals who have been affected by the loss of a loved one through overdose. We will be providing tea/coffee and light refreshments alongside a service which will be delivered by the Rev. Robert Calvert within our ‘Garden of Hope’; offering a safe place for families and loved ones to come together. Naloxone and overdose training will also be available on the day.

    Glasgow

    Event: Working together to prevent drug-related deaths
    Date:
    Location: Double Tree by Hilton, 36 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Scottish Drugs Forum
    Contact: Scottish Drugs Forum
    Phone: 0141 221 1175
    Email: enquiries@sdf.org.uk

    Presentations and workshops will explore how preventing drug-related deaths is everyone’s responsibility and how we can work in partnership to avoid such devastating loss of lives.

    The event will seek to build on SDF’s work on Staying Alive In Scotland and is timely, as it will follow the launch of Scotland’s drug strategy and the National Records of Scotland report on the number of lives tragically lost through preventable fatal overdoses in 2017.

    Presentations and workshops will offer inspirational strategies based on good practice and training tasters on skills and knowledge required by frontline staff and managers to support improvements in service provision.

    Speakers and facilitators will be drawn from key services and this event will be of interest to commissioners and planners, staff working in criminal justice and enforcement, treatment, care and support, pharmacy, general practice, first response and services working with peers and families.

    This event marks International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Keynote Speaker

    SDF are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

    Marilou’s research addresses gaps in knowledge that have the potential to inform public debate and policies, while also advancing the rights and the health of marginalized communities.

    She was the founder of the Coalition of Nurses for Supervised Injection Services. She is the creator and manager of the Facebook campaign Harm Reduction = Nursing Care, founder and editor of the blog The Radical Nurse, and co-president of The Nursing Observatory – a watchdog collective that analyzes and takes action on key nursing issues in Canada.

    Marilou is a co-founder and current President of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association.

    Additional speakers

    SDF are also delighted to have three other speakers at the event who will bring a variety of knowledge and experience to the days proceedings.

    Dr Joe Tay – GP with a special interest in addictions working as a partner in Sighthill Green Medical Practice and the Lothian Substance Misuse Directorate in Edinburgh.

    ACC Steve Johnson – Assistant Chief Constable for Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism and Chair of the Drugs Strategy Group, Police Scotland.

    Laura Kerr – Lead Officer, Alcohol and Drugs (Tayside), Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.

    Lowestoft

    Event: I.O.A.D 4 D.M.S 2.8.78 – 31.1.14 <3
    Date:
    Location: Venue address Britten Field Off Britten road & behind Kirklees Run
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Leah Rianna Spurgeon
    Phone: 07555140334
    Email: leahspurgeon@hotmail.co.uk

    Family n friends get together to raise money and laughs for the cause of N.O.A.D

    USA

    Worcester

    Massachusetts

    Event: UMASS Remembers
    Date:
    Location: 55 N. Lake Avenue Worcester, MA
    UMASS (University Campus)
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Richard Kenny
    Phone: 508-963-5003
    Email: Richard.Kenny@umassmemorial.org

    An intentional event commemorating those lost for prior year. All are welcome to come and share there will be host of recovery coaches and members of community.

    South Amboy

    New Jersey

    Event: Fed Up ! Overdose and Substance Abuse Awareness Event
    Date:
    Location: South Amboy Middle High School
    Cafeteria
    200 Governor Harold G. Hoffman Plaza
    South Amboy, NJ 08879
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Kimberly Seber
    Phone: 908-565-4415
    Email: RootsToAddiction@yahoo.com

    Fed Up ! will bring awareness of accidental overdose and the dangers of substance abuse. This event is supported by the Mayor of South Amboy, the South Amboy City Council, the South Amboy Board Of Education, the South Amboy Police Department and South Amboy PTO. This event will include recovery speakers, lost loved one speakers and many resource tables. The evening will end with a candle light vigil in memory of all those we have lost to accidental overdose and substance abuse related death.

    Boise

    Idaho

    Event: 2018 Idaho Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Idaho State Capitol Building — South Steps
    802 W Bannock St
    Boise, ID 83702
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Chris Mecham
    Phone: 208-941-6311
    Email: chris@boisesoberliving.com

    This is primarily a media event designed to bring together important stakeholders from the public and private spheres to share the scope and nature of the overdose problem in Idaho as well as communicate what they are doing to address it, and to introduce Recovery Month and it’s importance to area residents who may not understand.

    Torrington

    Connecticut

    Event: Litchfield County Overdose Awareness Day Community Resource Fair and Vigil
    Date:
    Location: Coe Park
    101 Litchfield Street
    Torrington, CT 06790
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: McCall Center for Behavioral Health
    Contact: Ariana Cardozo
    Phone: 8604962100
    Email: ariana.cardozo@mccallcenterct.org

    The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force is a community collaborative working to reduce the harm caused by the opiate epidemic in our region. We will host our second annual Overdose Awareness and Vigil to honor those lost to addiction. There will be a resource fair with refreshments, Narcan training and distribution, music and speakers.

    Huntington

    West Virginia

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day (and naloxone training)
    Date:
    Location: Prestera at Pinecrest
    5600 US Route Sixty East
    Huntington, WV 25705
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Prestera Center
    Contact: Kim Miller
    Phone: 304-741-3616
    Email: kim.miller@prestera.org

    Press conference, panel of speakers, Mayor’s proclamation, light refreshments followed by free naloxone training and distribution.

    Canton

    Illinois

    Event: 4th Annual Overdose Awareness Walk
    Date:
    Location: 1160 E Locust St
    Venue Jones Park Canton Il
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Duneys Defense
    Contact: Sue Tisdale
    Phone: 3092675995
    Email: Susanm34@hotmail.com

    Overdose awareness memorial wslk/event. Engaging speakers affected by the opioid epidemic, awareness, education and prevention. Free Narcan training and distribution. Memorial walk to remember loved ones we’ve lost to Overdose.

    Melbourne

    Florida

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Friendship Fellowship at Pineda
    3115 Friendship Pl
    Rockledge, Fl 32940
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Dr Vicki Barlow
    Phone: 321-241-4107NUV4R
    Email: drvickibarlow@gmail.com

    Rembrance of loved ones and education to reduce stigma. Event ends with a Candle light vigil.

    Mountain Home

    Arkansas

    Event: CareCenter Ministries Overdoes Awareness
    Date:
    Location: P.O. Box 354
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: CareCenter Ministries
    Contact: Robyn Ford
    Phone: 8707015078
    Email: ccmmhoffice@gmail.com

    We wanting to education people on what to look and awareness of how serious drug overdoes has become.

    Minot

    North Dakota

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Oak Park
    Amphitheater
    1300 4th Ave NW
    Minot, ND 58703
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Aidan’s Promise Inc
    Contact: Mitzie Nay
    Phone: 701-720-6270
    Email: mnay@aidanspromise.org

    We will be hosting a 5K Walk/Run in conjunction with Shatterproof’s Rise Up Against Addiction platform. There will also be naloxone training and local groups sharing the resources they offer. Our event will be raising awareness of FedUp Rally’s mission and ways you can advocate. Speakers are on the agenda and we will have a food truck on site. Please bring blankets or chairs if you have them. There are limited picnic tables.

    New Canaan

    Connecticut

    Event: 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil
    Date:
    Location: New Canaan Pop Up Park, 6 South Avenue
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: New Canaan Parent Support Group
    Contact: Paul Reinhardt
    Phone: 2035646374
    Email: preinhar99@gmail.com

    A community awareness event and a candlelight vigil in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. Our 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Vigil invites the community to come together to Engage/Listen/Honor. There will be a Hope & Remembrance Wall; live music; resources; local speakers who tell authentic stories of hope and recovery; and members of the community clergy who unite for our concluding candlelight vigil.

    New Bern

    North Carolina

    Event: A Night of Remembrance
    Date:
    Location: Union Point Park
    210 East Front Street
    New Bern, NC 28560
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Craven County’s Hope
    Contact: Tina Davis
    Phone: 252-670-2738
    Email: cravencountyshope@gmail.com

    Guest speakers and Lighting of candles to float down Trent River in remembrance of those lost and those struggling in the battle of addiction.

    Houma

    Louisiana

    Event: S,A.R.A.H. Seeking Action Raising Awareness and Hope
    Date:
    Location: 8046 W Main St
    Houma, LA. 70360
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Renee’ Bertinot
    Phone: 985-991-9486
    Email: reneebertinot@gmail.com

    This event is to bring awareness of the Opioid Epidemic in our community and also to put a face on addiction. To honor those who have lost their lives to this horrible disease. To bring family and friends of those lost together. Their is strength in numbers!

    Round Rock

    Texas

    Event: Williamson County Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Lakeview Pavilion, Old Settlers Park
    3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
    Round Rock, TX 78665
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: LifeSteps Coalition
    Contact: Kaitlin
    Phone: 5122469880
    Email: coalition@lifestepscouncil.org

    It’s a day to remember those who were lost, who are struggling and who are in recovery!

    Greenville

    North Carolina

    Event: Pitt County International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: H. Boyd Lee Park
    5184 Corey Road
    Greenville NC 27858
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Elaine C Wainright
    Phone: 252-717-1508
    Email: e_wainright@yahoo.com

    Guest Speakers along with educational resources will be present. Food and refreshments will be provided. We will also have a memorial wall where we encourage people to bring a picture of a loved one to share. Free and open to the public. All are welcome!!

    Peru

    Illinois

    Event: Buddy’s Purpose Overdose Awareness & Memory Walk
    Date:
    Location: Centennial Park
    13th St & West St
    Peru Il 61354
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Buddy’s Purpose
    Contact: Lori Brown
    Phone: 815-993-6294
    Email: Buddyspurpose@yahoo.com

    A walk to remember the lives lost to Substance Abuse.
    We will have a short ceremony with speakers, resources for treatment options,
    Memory boards & butterfly release

    Bethlehem

    Pennsylvania

    Event: Fed Up Lehigh Valley
    Date:
    Location: 10 E Church St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-6005, United States
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Voices For Change
    Contact: Linda Johnson
    Phone: 610-657-2978
    Email: voicesforchange@yahoo.com

    Fed Up Rally to address he issue with local elected officials and Candlelight Vigil to remember those who have lost their lives.

    Brighton

    Michigan

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Community Event
    Date:
    Location: St Paul’s Episopal Church 200 W. Saint Paul St. Brighton, Mi 48116
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Francine Zysk
    Phone: 517-540-7637
    Email: Fzysk@livgov.com

    Share the day with presentations from persons in recovery, local information, national information, voices of remembrance, voices of recovery, harm reduction, law enforcement presentations, education of science of addiction and end the day with a vigil for those who have lost their battle with addiction.
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.
    Presented in collaboration with Project Opiate, Brighton Police Department, Heaven’s Hope, Livingston County Community Alliance, Big Red Barrel, Connect 3 House Recovery, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Amber Reineck House.

    Chestnut Ridge

    New York

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Rockland County NY
    Date:
    Location: Nyack Memorial Park
    4 Depew Ave
    Nyack, NY 10960
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Laborer’s Union Local 754 Rockland County NY
    Contact: Allison Willis
    Phone: 5517771210
    Email: Allison1020@gmail.com

    We are hosting an event to spread awareness and end the stigma of drug overdose. We are losing too many young people to this disease. We will be having guest speakers as well as a Narcan demonstration. There will also be a small Art Exhibit that focuses on heroin and opiate addiction as well as a slideshow and memorial service for all those we have lost from drug overdose. We will have food trucks as well as a DJ for entertainment. We hope by spreading awareness and sharing our stories we can help to end these preventable deaths. Please come out and show your support.

    Derry

    New Hampshire

    Event: Overdose Awareness Vigil
    Date:
    Location: MacGregor Park
    Derry Nh
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Lisa Walsh
    Phone: 603-260-6100
    Email: Lawalsh0606@gmail.com

    Overdose awareness Vigil
    To remember those lost to the opiate epidemic

    Raleigh

    North Carolina

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – NC Rally for Change, Raleigh, NC.
    Date:
    Location: Bicentennial Plaza
    1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse
    Contact: Frankie Andrews / Randy Abbott
    Phone: 336-326-5325 / 336-210-3711
    Email: ioadraleighrally18@gmail.com

    Raleigh Rally and Candle Light Vigil to Bring Awareness to the Overdose Epidemic and Advocate for Change. Rally will start in the Bicentennial Plaza and end with a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Capitol Building , to remember those who have been lost to this epidemic

    Raleigh

    North Carolina

    Event: North Carolina IOAD Rally
    Date:
    Location: Bicentennial Mall & Steps of State Capital
    1 E Edenton St,
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: NCAPDA
    Contact: Randy Abbott
    Phone: 3362103711
    Email: abbottwr@gmail.com

    Rally for awareness and Candle Light Vigil in honor of loved ones lost.

    Cincinnati

    Ohio

    Event: Greater Cincinnati Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Washington Park -Civic Lawn by the Stage
    1230 Elm Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Katie Renfrow
    Phone: 513-673-7512
    Email: CincyOverdoseAwarenessDay@gmail.com

    Greater Cincinnati Overdose Awareness Day Rally will be a day of information and remembering those we have lost to overdose. There is no one right way for addiction recovery. Multiple agencies that specialize in either recovery treatment or mental health assistance will attend our Open House at the begin of the rally. We will then have speakers that are working hard to End Overdose. At the end of the rally we will show a memorial video of our loved ones that have lost their battle with addiction.
    Please email photos with name, date of birth and date of death to CincyOverdoseAwarenessDay@gmail.com

    Boston

    Massachusetts

    Event: Massachusetts State of Awareness
    Date:
    Location: Boston Commons – Parkman Bandstand
    Tremont St. Boston, MA 02106
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Heroin Is Killing My Town, Inc.
    Contact: Dina Favreau
    Phone: 9784350250
    Email: AwarenessVigil2018@gmail.com

    Last year, Massachusetts lost more than 2100 people to opioid overdose. This year, we’re on track to lose 2000 more lives. These people are our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, our family. Opioid addiction is not unique to one demographic or one geography. It affects us all.

    Join us in a multi-organizational event planned by advocacy groups from across the state in a centralized community-wide vigil for those we’ve lost to overdose. Vigil will include guest speakers, entertainers, and music followed by a candle light vigil.

    We’ll hear remarks from:
    – Governor Baker
    – Mark Wahlberg
    – Experts in the field, Peer Advocates, and more

    Come to remember.
    Come to learn about opioid addiction risk factors: Resource Tables will be provided.
    Come to become an advocate for yourself, your family and your community.

    Memphis

    Tennessee

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Church of The River
    292 Virginia Ave West
    Downtown Memphis, Tennessee 38103
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: A Betor Way
    Contact: Lisa Bobal
    Phone: 9016269685
    Email: Lisa@abetorway.org

    Candlelight vigil and lighting of the bridge over the Mississippi River

    Glen Burnie

    Maryland

    Event: Recovery Anne Arundel Remebers…
    Date:
    Location: Arundel Christian Church
    710 Aquahart Road, Glen Burnie MD 21061
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Recovery Anne Arundel
    Contact: Angel Traynor
    Phone: 443-214-5526
    Email: IOADrecoveryannearundel@gmail.com

    Recovery Anne Arundel, stands together to raise awareness of overdose while reducing the stigma of a drug-related death. WE acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death as a result of drug overdose. We also honor our first responders and embrace the service that they perform daily.

    Lubbock

    Texas

    Event: Lubbock County Overdose Prevention, Awareness and Remembrance event
    Date:
    Location: 5825 34th st
    Alliance church
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Lubbock County VOICES Coalition/Starcare
    Contact: Teresa Alvarado
    Phone: 8062412902
    Email: talvarado@starcarelubbock.org

    Family fun event with a balloon release in memory of those who have lost their lives to an overdose.

    Minot

    North Dakota

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Oak Park Amphitheater
    1500 4th Ave NW
    Minot, ND 58703
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Aidan’s Promise, Inc.
    Contact: Mitzie Nay
    Phone: 701-720-6270
    Email: mitziel@srt.com

    5K Run/Walk, naloxone training, community organizations offering substance use disorder assistance, and speakers and education on overdose awareness and substance use disorders

    Salt Lake City

    Utah

    Event: Overdose Awareness Utah 2018
    Date:
    Location: South Steps of the Utah State Capitol
    350 State State Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Amber Baum
    Phone: 801-234-9963
    Email: overdoseawarenessutah@gmail.com

    Join us for an inspiring and healing evening to honor those we’ve lost to overdose and raise awareness of the epidemic.
    Inspiring speakers, wonderful music, resource tables, video presentation and candle lighting on the steps of the beautiful Utah State Capitol.
    August 31, 2018 from 6-9 pm
    Resource tables available from 6-7 pm (Community and non-profit resources for families and individuals)
    Program from 7-9pm

    Frederick

    Maryland

    Event: Hope for Change Fest
    Date:
    Location: Baker Park
    121 N. Bentz Street
    Frederick, MD 21702
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: RJ’s Lasting Strength Foundation
    Contact: Chasity Fox
    Phone: 2404402020
    Email: Rjslastingstrengthfoundation@gmail.com

    Time to Remember Time to Act! Join us for the 2nd annual Hope for Change Fest! A free community event for everyone of all ages and walks of life to bring awareness to addiction and overdoses around our community and country through Music!

    Music Performed by:
    Blues Vultures Feat. Ronnie Younkins of KIX
    The Jam Alker Band
    The Knight Brothers
    The Wilkof Project
    CLOUDGANG
    GAMBO
    REM ONE
    Logan Bruce

    Guest Speakers:
    Brandon Novak
    Tim Ryan

    Food Vendors, Kids Activities, Local and National Treatment Resources and Clothing and Retail Vendors.

    Candlelight Vigil Honoring those who have lost their lives to overdose @ 9:30p.m. Please submit photos of lost love ones to Hopeforchangeevent2@gmail.com

    Please email Hopeforchangeevent2@gmail.com for more information on how you can sponsor or set up as a vendor or resource.

    Ventnor

    New Jersey

    Event: Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Event
    Date:
    Location: Newport Avenue and the Boardwalk, Ventnor, NJ 08406
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Recovery Force of Atlantic County, Inc.
    Contact: Robert Catalano
    Phone:
    Email: info@recoveryforce.org

    This will be an overdose awareness and remembrance event of local (Atlantic and Cape May counties, NJ) persons lost due to the substance use epidemic. Awareness will focus on the alarming trends still seen and the devastation caused to families due to this problem. For the remembrance portion of the event, the name of each loved one submitted will be announced with the sound of a bell between names. Narcan training will be offered prior to the event. This event was previously produced by Tracy Smith and Speakers for Change. Recovery Force has been asked to continue this event starting in 2018.

    Forked River

    New Jersey

    Event: 3rd Annual Ocean County NJ FED UP! / Overdose Awareness Day
    Date:
    Location: Lacey United Methodist Church 203 Lacey Road Forked River NJ 08731
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Young People In Recovery (YPR) NJ
    Contact: Donna Catlow
    Phone: 7324257938
    Email: oceancountynj@youngpeopleinrecovery.org

    An evening to remember those we have lost to an accidental overdose, support loved ones and those that are struggling. We will have resource tables, speakers and will end the evening with prayer and a candle vigil.

    Caroline County

    Maryland

    Event: Fed Up Rally
    Date:
    Location: 403 Hollyday Rd
    Easton, Md 21601
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women
    Contact: Sherry Collier
    Phone: 410-310-9842
    Email: hopeinwomen13@gmail.com

    bringing awareness to the substance abuse epedemic as well as overdoses

    Denton

    Texas

    Event: North Texas IOAD
    Date:
    Location: South lawn of the Denton County Courthouse on the square (downtown Denton)
    110 W. Hickory St.
    Denton, TX 76201
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Sharon Roland
    Phone: 214-418-4769
    Email: northtexasioad@gmail.com

    Please join us for the first North Texas International Overdose Awareness event, ” Time to Remember, Time to Act”.

    This event is free and open to the public from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, on the South lawn of the Denton County Courthouse on the square in downtown Denton.

    Speakers will discuss the national and local opioid epidemic, how to recognize and react to the signs of overdose to save a life, and how to become involved in solutions and hope for the future. Information tables will provide contacts and services, educational brochures, and IOAD bracelets and other complimentary material. There will be a memorial balloon launch to end the evening (balloons will be provided; participants are invited to bring a small picture of a loved one to attach.)

    Fraser

    Michigan

    Event: FAN International Overdose Awareness Day Gathering
    Date:
    Location: Christ Church
    34385 Garfield Rd.
    Fraser, MI
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Families Against Narcotics
    Contact: Terri Braden
    Phone: 5862464355
    Email: Terribraden@att.net

    Memorial for loss due to overdose, speakers and vigil

    Appleton

    Wisconsin

    Event: Fox Cities Lights of Hope
    Date:
    Location: City Park, 500 E Franklin St, Appleton, WI 54911
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Megan Kelley Foundation
    Contact: Bev Kelley-Miller, Lori Berncich, Nicole Krueger
    Phone: 9204282564
    Email: bev@megankelleyfoundation.org

    September is National Recovery Month! Join us for this FREE event.

    The 4th Annual Fox Cities Lights of Hope will be held on September 9, 2018 at 5 pm–this allows time for people to gather together and to honor and support our loved ones in their respective stages of recovery BEFORE the opening season football game between the GB Packers and Chicago Bears which begins at 7:20 pm.

    The 2018 WI Faces of Addiction and Recovery Quilts will be displayed. The red squares signify someone in active addiction, the gray squares signify someone who is incarcerated for their addiction. Please NOTE: the Len Bias Law plays a HUGE role in the incarcerations–often friends are using together, one dies, one lives and the person who lives is charged with the death. It’s typically NOT dealers who are convicted and incarcerated. The white squares signify recovery, along with HOPE and SUCCESS. The black squares signify someone has tragically lost his or her life to addiction. We anticipate that there will be over 500 black squares–only a tiny snapshot of the number of overdoses throughout the State of Wisconsin. The quilts are considered living quilts because the statuses can change any time except for the black squares.

    At the event, we will listen to speakers and then afterwards light four candles – red for those in active addiction, gray for those who are incarcerated, white for those in recovery, black for those who have lost a loved one to addiction. Please bring your own dripless candles or a paper plate to catch any drips.

    Iowa City

    Iowa

    Event: Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition – Iowa City Memorial Concert
    Date:
    Location: Downtown Iowa City
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
    Contact: Tiffany Carter
    Phone: 319-214-0540
    Email: hello@iowaharmreductioncoalition.org

    This event will feature musical performances and visual art in memorium of those lost to overdose.

    Branford

    Connecticut

    Event: FED UP! Branford CT
    Date:
    Location: Branford Town Green
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: All Things Recovery
    Contact: Chris Stanton
    Phone: 2036401164
    Email: cdstanton918@yahoo.com

    FED UP Branford Ct

    Charlotte

    North carolina

    Event: Michael’s VOICE: Voices of Overdose and Stories of Recovery
    Date:
    Location: Wedgewood Church
    4800 Wedgewood Dr
    Charlotte NC 28220
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Betsy Ragone
    Phone: 7043017165
    Email: betsy@michaelsvoice.org

    An evening of honesty, awareness and education told through the experience of those who
    — Have lost loved ones TO overdose
    — Had a loved one survived overdose
    — Have personally SURVIVED OVERDOSE and are in recovery!

    Please join us for this brave sharing, and for a candlelight vigil for the victims of overdose; Those lost, those struggling, those in recovery and for the people who love them.

    JOIN US

    Charlotte

    North Carolina

    Event: Michaels VOICE/FED UP call to Action
    Date:
    Location: Charles R. Jonas Federal Building, 401 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Michael’s VOICE Inc
    Contact: Betsy Ragone
    Phone: 704-301-7165
    Email: Betsy@michaelsvoice.org

    Immediate action from our federal agencies is needed to prevent new cases of opioid addiction, to prevent more overdose deaths and to ensure access to effective treatment for millions who have become addicted.

    Newton

    New Jersey

    Event: Candlelight Vigil
    Date:
    Location: Newton Green
    Main St. and Spring St.
    Newton, NJ 07860
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Center for Prevention & Counseling
    Contact: Katie Calvacca
    Phone: 973-940-2966
    Email: katie@centerforprevention.org

    Candlelight Vigil with a Name Reading Ceremony, Speakers, Mobile Rx Disposal Box and Recovery Resources.

    Canton

    Illinois

    Event: Annual Overdose Awareness Walk
    Date:
    Location: Jones Park, Canton Il
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Sue Tisdale
    Phone: 3092675995
    Email: susanm34@hotmail.com

    Overdose Awareness, prevention, memorial

    N Billerica

    Massachusetts

    Event: Massachusetts State of Awareness – #IOAD2018
    Date:
    Location: City Hall Plaza
    1 City Hall Square
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Heroin Is Killing My Town, Inc.
    Contact: Dina Favreau
    Phone:
    Email: AwarenessVigil2018@gmail.com

    Overdose Awareness Vigil

    Lexington

    Kentucky

    Event: Hope & Remembrance: An Overdose Awareness Day Event
    Date: August 25, 2018 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Location: Jacobson Park, Shelter #6, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road, Lexington KY USA
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Voices Of Hope – Lexington, Inc.
    Contact: Sharon Tankersley
    Phone: 8593037671
    Email: info@voicesofhopelex.org

    INTERACTIVE MEMORIAL SPACE – Guests may display photos and memorabilia in tribute to lost loved ones * BLUEBIRDS OF HOPE – Write a memorial tribute or message of encouragement to share with others * MEMORIAL TREE – An area set aside for self-guided, quiet reflection
    RESOURCES for those who are grieving, in recovery, or seeking recovery from addiction * OVERDOSE RESPONSE TRAINING & Naloxone kit distribution * FREE T-SHIRTS & GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last) * FREE PICNIC – Stay after the event and enjoy free lunch and a relaxing time of fellowship!

    Ellicott City

    Maryland

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 8/31/2018 5:30 – 8:00 PM
    Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: James’ Place Inc
    Contact: Barbara Allen
    Phone: 410-480-2334
    Email: Barbara@jamesplaceinc.org

    Third annual public event to remember those who have been lost to Substance Use Disorder via a Candlelight Vigil, to honor those in recovery and to educate others in the magnitude of overdoses. Sponsored by James’ Place Inc. and the Howard County Health Dept. Resource Tables open 5:30-7:00 pm; Program 7:00-8:00 pm

    Bangor

    Maine

    Event: Narcan Party in Recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2018 4 pm
    Location: Event will be held at Pickering Square in Bangor
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Health Equity Alliance
    Contact: Andrea Littlefield
    Phone: 2079903626
    Email: info@mainehealthequity.org

    We’re still working on the details of the event. There will be a small memorial to honor those 418 lives that were lost in 2017 due to overdoses in the state of Maine. We hope to have entertainment and food trucks. We also will offer training to those interested in learning how to administer Naloxone/Narcan.

    Santa Barbara

    California

    Event: Santa Barbara’s 3rd Annual Candlelight Walk to Remember
    Date: Friday August 31, 2018 6:00pm
    Location: Recovery Fusion @The Impact Hub
    10 E. Yanonali #13
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Recovery Fusion
    Contact: Robbin ONeill-Gregory
    Phone: 805.689.1256
    Email: Allwaysrecovery@icloud.com

    We will be joining together with a guest speaker before we all gather for a candlelight walk to Stearns wharf. There will be a celebration on the beach with a flag and candlelight installation piece remembering those we loved and lost . A chime will ring for every 7 seconds a life is lost to overdose. All are welcome.

    Reno

    Nevada

    Event: How to Stop the Epidemic
    Date: August 30, 2018 5PM-8PM
    Location: Avanti Wellness LLC
    200 S Virginia Street
    Second Floor
    Reno, NV 89501
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Avanti Wellness LLC
    Contact: Kristine Modzelewski
    Phone: 6198386523
    Email: Kristine@wearecandor.com

    We will share our ideas of how to stop the epidemic. We have been working for a decade in developing national relationships and connecting families with an option.

    Appleton

    Wisconsin

    Event: StewKelley Memorial Walk
    Date: August 30, 2018 6 pm
    Location: Memorial Park, 1620 E Witzke Blvd, Appleton, WI 54911
    Contact: Bev Kelley-Miller, Wendy Steward
    Phone: 9204282564
    Email: bev@megankelleyfoundation.org
    Memorial Walk to begin at 6 pm at Memorial Park, Appleton to remember all those who died from a drug-related cause.

    Baldwin

    New York

    Event: Justice for Assa
    Date: 4/15/2018 11 Am
    Location: 1115 Jackson place Baldwin NY
    Contact: Always crashes
    Phone: 5167175369
    Email: Alicemisk@gmail.com

    I’m looking for justice so no more young adults die of overdose from street drugs synthetic laboratory-made with fentanyl and elephant tranquilizer, sold on Long Island streets. The punishment to sellers is little. The law must change, more rehabs should open every day. Over 11 kids and young adults die of overdose here on Long Island. News and county are hiding all truth and evidence, arresting addicts instead of leaders. Look for the source, we need justice, it’s like a virus spreading killing all. Medicate them with drugs enough and no one cares when a parent cries. My son is an addict. Blood test them and sentence them to rehab as punishment, don’t leave them on the streets until they’re willing to go. They will never go, they are dying of overdose. I lost my son 6 weeks ago – 22 years old. Enough. I begged for help – system is corrupted, not enough professionals to deal with this disease, law is not helping. We need more detectives / informers to stop this tragedy. No parent should bury their kids and suffer that way.