Overdose Awareness Day – Mercer County, NJ

Date: 31/08/2023
Time: 05:30 pm
Location: The event will be held at Hamilton Veterans Park – North Entrance, which is located on Klockner Road. Guests may park in the Steinert High School parking lot and cross the street to get to the entrance. The North Entrance of the park is the Air Force Memorial entrance with the jet display.
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: Prevention Coalition of Mercer County/Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Contact: Malissa Arnold
Phone: 6093965874 ext. 205
Email: pcmc@mercercouncil.org
Web: https://forms.gle/VaDKNiGTXrRHG2WT8

Our event aims to prevent, remember, support, and honor those whose lives have been affected by overdose. The event hosts several resources, from health, education, prevention, treatment, law enforcement, grief support, family support, and recovery groups. There is a formal program with local leaders, family members, and those in recovery sharing their experiences with either changing the narrative of addiction, and linkages to service and change, stories in memoriam, or personal experiences of triumph and living with addiction. There is a memorial area where loved ones can bring pictures, shoes, mementos, letters, or other memories to remember loved ones who have passed away. There are some family activities for children. The evening ends with a candlelight vigil where people can share about their loss and be comforted. The event is a powerful mix of solemnity, remembering, and hope.

Overdose affects everyone. From grieving families to spontaneous first responders, the impacts of overdose are far-reaching and fall indiscriminately.

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