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  • CA

    CA

    Activity: Narcan Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Renee
    Phone: 7607735870
    Email: Renee.Baribeau@renewalhg.com

    Overdose Awareness Day Narcan Training
    Narcan saves Lives. Kits given to friends and family can reverse opioid overdoses and give people a chance to recover. Narcan is effective and simple to use.
    Join Train the Trainer, Renee Baribeau for this online event. Certificates of Attendance will be provided. We will be giving away Narcan Kits during the presentation.
    Please share with your friends.
    Hash Tags #Endoverdose #IOAD2020

    Northridge

    CA

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Instagram Campaign
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: 1853 Navarro Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: iStart, at CSUN
    Contact: Jean Spielman
    Phone:
    Email: istart@csun.edu

    Instagram posts and stories using the Overdose Awareness Day media kit.

    San Rafael

    California

    Activity: Marin County CA – Zoom Call for IOAD 2020
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Zoom Call – Please do not use virtual backgrounds or filters, and show your video upon entry to the meeting briefly.Topic: Virtual Overdose Awareness Event
    Time: Aug 31, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/upYtdO2gpzwphk5LrKhz35Hkihdb1wgXXQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6qrjguEt2Ss1zHa7ItOd7qbuH2knlF_49Ptxf_UHV7aQr-MuATJbVHKOmB

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/720348973?pwd=VFYvSkVoVnFJTHFoQ0MzV1JTaDVrZz09
    Meeting ID: 720 348 973
    Passcode: Mar1nEvent
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Michelle Leopold
    Phone: 4153024055
    Email: MichelleMissesTrevor@comcast.net

    Marin County volunteers will present a ZOOM meeting for International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). IOAD is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Marin Events will include
    – Overdose Awareness facts & figures
    – First-Hand overdose experience speaker
    – Remembrances of those who died by overdose
    – Narcan and other overdose prevention resources
    – Marin County resources for overdose prevention and to support those affected by addiction and a loved ones’ overdose.
    – A commitment to not being silent on overdose, and overcoming the stigmatization of the disease of addiction

    This event will be recorded and shared after the event.

    Jacksonville

    FL

    Activity: Narcan Administration Virtual Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Virtual/OnlineRegistration for 10 AM training: https://dfdnarcantraining.eventbrite.com/
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Drug Free Duval
    Contact: Sally Finn, Executive Director
    Phone:
    Email: sally@drugfreeduval.org

    In remembrance of those lost yet with hope for those that can be saved, join us on International Overdose Awareness Day for Narcan Administration Training — for Duval County and Jacksonville, FL residents, includes a free Narcan kit.

    Jacksonville

    FL

    Activity: Narcan Administration Virtual Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: Virtual/Online
    Registration link for 2:00 PM training: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/118366363981
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Drug Free Duval
    Contact: Sally Finn, Executive Director
    Phone:
    Email: sally@drugfreeduval.org

    In remembrance of those lost yet with hope for those that can be saved, join us on International Overdose Awareness Day for Narcan Administration Virtual Training — for Duval County and Jacksonville, FL residents, includes a free Narcan kit.

    Hollister

    California

    Activity: Launch of Tribute and Q&A Section on coalition Website
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: www.sbcopioidtaskforce.org
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: San Benito County Opioid Task Force
    Contact: Veronica Johnson
    Phone: 831-637-5367
    Email: vjohnson@cosb.us

    We are launching our tribute section to allow for community members to share their stories of loved ones lost to overdose as well as an anonymous question and answer section to provide a safe space to ask questions surround opioid use or other substances.

    Detroit

    Mi

    Activity: Purple partners!
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Instagram, Facebook, twitter
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Coalition for Urban Youth and Family Development
    Contact: Marsialle Arbuckle
    Phone: 7343770087
    Email: Cuyfd@cuyfdcoalition.org

    We will use the hashtag #purplepartners on our social media platforms to encourage our followers to wear purple in solidarity with national overdose awareness day

    Online / digital

    Activity: Webinar announcement: Substance use and mental health: challenges, opportunities and first lessons during the COVID-19 outbreak
    Date: 01/09/2020
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: United for Global Mental Health
    Contact: webinars@unitedgmh.org
    Phone:
    Email: webinars@unitedgmh.org

    Upcoming webinar announcement: Substance use and mental health: challenges, opportunities and first lessons during the COVID-19 outbreak

    What has been the impact of COVID-19 on substance use? What is the link between this and mental health? What has been happening on the front lines? What needs to be done?

    To hear the answers to these questions and more, register for the upcoming webinar on Tuesday 1st September, 14:00-14:45 BST: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/799026500992947211

    With this webinar taking place the day after the International Overdose Awareness Day, we are pleased to host an absolutely stellar panel to tackle this important topic:
    • Alexander Baldacchino, President-Elect of International Society of Addiction Medicine
    • Vladimir Poznyak, Unit Head for Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours at the WHO
    • Olga Belyaeva, Program Coordinator of the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs
    • Nirvana Morgan, President, Network of Early Career Professionals working in the area of Addiction Medicine
    • Chair: Shekhar Saxena, Professor of Global Mental Health, Harvard

    The webinar is part of a Covid-19 and Mental Health series, jointly run by United for Global Mental Health, the Lancet Psychiatry, MHPSS.net and the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN). Our special thanks to the WHO for their help in organising this session.

    Chicago

    IL

    Activity: Overdose & COVID Panel, Naloxone training, and Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:30 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Bella Crum
    Phone:
    Email: bella@live4lali.org

    Live4Lali is proud to be able to hold a Day of Remembrance on International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st. Join us on Facebook Live at 5:30pm for a panel discussion lead by people with lived experience and field professionals, followed by training on how to reverse an overdose with Naloxone. Finally, light a candle, and take part in a vigil to remember those we have lost to an overdose.

    St. George

    UT

    Activity: Southwest & Rural Utah Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82480466129?pwd=VTIxY0w4aWs3cXZ2bFE5YVpwVjR6QT09Meeting ID: 824 8046 6129
    Passcode: 874954
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
    Contact: Marcie, Ben or Crystal
    Phone: 435-319-8800
    Email: mgray@myusara.com

    Virtual Event with speakers and sharing of resources

    Ashland City

    Tennessee

    Activity: Free Online Narcan Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Please register for this free event at :https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-narcan-training-event-registration-107593946390?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Cheatham County Community Enhancement Coalition
    Contact: Candis Batey
    Phone: 6152468075
    Email: cbatey@cheathamcoalition.org

    Please join us for a free Online Narcan Training. The training last approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions.
    If you are a resident of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Sumner, or Stewart County you will be certified and receive a free Narcan kit.
    The only side effect of Narcan is LIFE!

    Some Topics We Will Go Over Include:
    • What are opioids, the opioid epidemic, and how it is impacting TN and your community
    • Harm Reduction
    • Reducing Stigma
    • The Addicted Brain and Trauma
    • Risk factors of an opioid overdose
    • Recognizing an opioid overdose
    • Naloxone: how and when to use it
    • Compassion fatigue, burn out and self-care

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    Detroit

    MI

    Activity: Unified Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 19/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: 3968 MT ELLIOTT ST
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Unified HIV Health and Beyond
    Contact: Ashley Shukait
    Phone: 7344932539
    Email: info@miunified.org

    As virtual is our new reality, we honor and remember loved ones lost to and saved from overdose through this virtual memorial.
    We invite you to celebrate the memory of loved ones and those who have survived from illicit drug poisonings. We cherish and value lives lost and support people’s journey of life with compassion and respect.
    Please submit a tribute (instructions below) and we will post to the Unified HIV Health and Beyond Page throughout the day on August 31st.
    We will also have some great information pieces and resources for families, people who actively use and those defining their own path of recovery, however they define it throughout the day!

    Please submit photos, videos and/or written pieces to info@miunified.org by August 25th at 9PM EST to participate.
    ‼️ Submission guidelines‼️
    Photos: maximum 3 photos
    Videos: maximum length: 3 minutes; one video per submission
    Written pieces: maximum 150 words
    If you want it posted anonymously, state that in the email heading.

    Baltimore

    Maryland

    Activity: Virtual Flag Raising
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thellf
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland
    Contact: Allison Coleman
    Phone: 4102427000
    Email: communications@thellf.org

    Join us on International Overdose Awareness Day as we raise the Donate Life flag in honor of the many generous organ, eye, tissue, and in-spirit donors who have died of an overdose.

    Scotland

    Activity: Free webinar – The dual public health emergency and advocating for change – international perspectives
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Scottish Drugs Forum
    Contact: Andy Coffey
    Phone:
    Email: enquires@sdf.org.uk

    The is the second of two webinars with international speakers Scottish Drugs Forum are hosting to mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2020.

    We will hear about how the dual public health emergency of drug-related deaths and Covid-19 has affected people who use drugs in Canada and Australia, the impact of this dual crisis on families and the changes now being advocated for.

    The webinar will contain presentations from three International speakers followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

    Speakers include:

    – Garth Mullins, host of Crackdown podcast, Vancouver, Canada
    – Jane Dicka, Manager of the Drug Overdose and Peer Education (DOPE) programme, Harm Reduction Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
    – Petra Schulz, one of the founding directors of Moms Stop the Harm, Canada

    The presentations and Q&A will then be facilitated by:

    – Colin Hutcheon, Chair of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, and
    – Jason Wallace, SDF and Drug Death Task Force Lived Experience Member
    – Kirsten Horsburgh, SDF, Strategy Coordinator (Drug Death Prevention)

    Scotland

    Activity: Free webinar – Changing drug policy: Networks of people who use drugs
    Date: 21/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Scottish Drugs Forum
    Contact: Andy Coffey
    Phone:
    Email: enquires@sdf.org.uk

    This is the first of two special webinars with international speakers hosted by Scottish Drugs Forum for International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Around the world, people who use drugs have, for many years, created unions, groups and networks to advocate for drug policies and practices that support harm reduction, health promotion and human rights.

    In the first webinar leading up to IOAD we will hear about the history of the movement, the challenges and the progress made from advocates and activists in the Netherlands, Norway and Ukraine. There will be the opportunity for questions and a panel discussion after their presentations.

    Speakers include:

    – Theo Van Dam from the Netherlands, is the founder of Landelijk Steunpunt Druggebruikers (LSD) Foundation, The Dutch National Interest Group of Drug Users
    – Olga Belyaeva from Ukraine is Programme Coordinator for the Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD)
    – Arild Knutsen from Norway leads the Association for Humane Drug Policy

    The session will be chaired by Jason Wallace, Scottish Drugs Forum.

    Pre-registration is required and numbers are limited so please register early.

    The session will be recorded and will be published on the SDF YouTube Channel

    Knoxville

    Tennessee

    Activity: TN Candlelight Virtual Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:30 pm
    Location: Zoom – Knoxville
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Tennessee Overdose Prevention
    Contact: Nancy Daniels
    Phone: 8655994776
    Email: TNOverdosePrevention@gmail.com

    Tennessee Overdose Prevention is partnering with LINKED to host our 6th annual International Overdose Awareness Day Event on August 31st, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our event will be live-streamed over Zoom. Participants must pre-register for the event.

    2020 International Overdose Awareness Day

    Our main activity will be the Candlelight Virtual Vigil. At the end of our Remembering slideshow, we are asking everyone to participate by lighting their own candle in honor of those lost to addiction, including overdose, suicide, and other effects of substance use disorder.

    “In preparation for the event, our non-profit partner, LINKED, has tagged over 200 resources (of 25,000+ resources) to show you more information on IOAD activities and events across the country and ideas for community such as turning homes, bridges, and buildings purple, flying flags at half-mast, and having the message on the back of buses.

    These resources may direct you to overdoseday.com to see the Activities, Ideas, the History of this event or to see the 2020 Activities for your state. Some of the activities and events may be a part of IOAD but not listed on the overdoseday.com site yet.

    To find these resources and more information, visit our website
    https://www.youarelinked.org/2020-international-overdose-awareness-day/”

    Another way to find additional information is to search the following hashtags on your browser or on social media with the following hashtags.
    #IOAD2020VirtualVigil
    #IOAD2020
    #IOAD2020EventsTN
    #IOAD2020Purple
    #IOAD2020Ideas
    #IOAD2020Flags

    We hope to turn a photo of the Zoom Candlelight Virtual Vigil into a digital billboard to remember those we’ve lost.

    Activities leading up to the Candlelight Virtual Vigil on August 31.:

    BILLBOARDS
    We hope to turn a photo of the Zoom Candlelight Virtual Vigil into a billboard to remember those we’ve lost.
    TOP will have at least 15 Narcan and Recovery billboards this year on Clinton Highway by Walmart and in Solway by the bridge going to Knoxville.

    Click on the following link to see our billboards from 2016-2020
    https://www.tnoverdoseprevention.org/billboards”

    MAPPING OUR LOST LOVED ONES

    “As a part of our International Overdose Awareness Day celebration, we have started a social media campaign to honor loved ones lost to overdose. We are using Jeremiah Lindemann’s Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map. Please add your loved ones and then share the link with two more people, so more people will be able to honor their loved ones.
    https://www.youarelinked.org/remembering/”

    TURNING YOUR COMMUNITY PURPLE
    TOP has joined with other communities who are turning landmarks and lights purple in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day. TOP has continued their Facebook group called “Turning Your Community Purple 2018, 2019, 2020 that you can use to share photos of your homes, bridges and buildings turning purple and to be linked to other groups encouraging us to light up their homes and their community purple.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1542220495898776/?ref=share

    PROCLAMATION & FLAGS AT HALF-MAST

    The Tennessee Senate has signed a proclamation officially recognizing August 31st as International Overdose Awareness Day.

    TOP created templates for an Overdose Awareness Day Proclamation and Flying our Flags at Half-Mast. These can be edited to send to governmental and city officials in other states and cities. Please contact TOP if you know a mayor or other local official with whom you could share these documents. We will share our template.

    Derry

    New Hampshire

    Activity: 10,000 Candles
    Date: 15/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: The event is a live broadcast stream taking place on facebook @10KCandlesforNHhttps://www.facebook.com/10KCandlesForNH/

    It will be broadcasted live from the Events United studio space at 11 A Street, Derry, NH 03038
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: RecoverYdia
    Contact: Matthew Conway
    Phone: 603-505-5320
    Email: info@recoverydia.com

    We’re excited to officially announce the Free 2020 “Livestream” 10,000 Candles! We look forward to having you join us for an evening of hope, connection and remembrance.

    About The Event 2020

    The annual concert-vigil is called 10,000 Candles, its purpose is to create a space for grieving and raise awareness around deaths of despair (suicide and addiction). It is currently being live-streamed. It combines performing artists with speakers from the mental health and substance use recovery communities sharing their lived experience, hope, support and connection. Live Stream on Thursday August 29th, 2020 7pm to 10pm. Be with the community for the Livestream and candlelight vigil with Angels of Addictions.

    RecoverYdia is a for-purpose organization focused on creating meaningful human connection through digital media and events. Our purpose is to produce messaging and organize events that inspire individuals to connect and interact with their communities in a meaningful way.

    Speaker lineup 2020

    – Piers Kaniuka, Resistance recovery (Via pre recorded video)
    – Cheryl Pacapelli, Harbor Care (Via pre recorded video)
    – Cynthia Witiker, Interim CEO, GNMHC
    – Robbie Spencer, In Our Own Voice Speaker, NAMI NH
    – Tim King, Activist and Author, Addiction Nation
    – Ann Marie Zanfagna, Founder and Artist, Angels of Addictions
    – Jess Parnell, Natacha Davis, Revive Recovery

    Plus four performing artists

    – Decatur Creek – Acoustic Trio
    – Ethyric & B. Snair – Positive Hip Hop
    – Matt Roy – Certified Music Therapist and Hip Hop artist
    – The Silent Band – 6 Piece Professional Performance

    Nashville

    TN

    Activity: Virtual Overdose Prevention Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Zoom
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Kaitlynn Whiteaker
    Phone: 6154786052
    Email: kjackson@starsnashville.org

    An hour-long, virtual training for those that want to learn how they can help reduce overdose deaths.

    Meeting ID: 672 499 1911

    Phoenix

    Arizona

    Activity: Sonoran Prevention Works International Overdose Awareness Day Virtual Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: On our Facebook page (@sonoranpreventionworks). Event page link: tinyurl.com/ioadaz2020
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Sonoran Prevention Works
    Contact: Haley Coles
    Phone: 480-442-7086
    Email: events@spwaz.org

    This year’s been tough. COVID, continuing police brutality toward Black people, and all of the economic fallout has driven so many of us into instability, chaos, rage, isolation, and grief. Any “wins” we’ve seen nationally around decreased overdose have quickly turned to losses. Even fewer resources and community support are available. If we want to see changes, we have to do it together.
    Join us on our Facebook page for #internationaloverdoseawarenessday this year as a space to remember, learn, and strategize to keep Arizonans alive, safe, free, and thriving.

    Live panel discussion with brilliant local speakers (to be announced soon) focused on the intersections of overdose, harm reduction, and racial justice.
    Monday, 8/31, 5-6pm MST
    tinyurl.com/ioadaz2020

    We’ll also be posting community-submitted art, writings, thoughts, and more throughout the day.

    Brighton

    East Sussex

    Activity: Pop up Performances
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:13 pm
    Location: https://www.facebook.com/ODALiveUK/
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: small performance adventures
    Contact: Kate McCoy
    Phone: 07786068462
    Email: projects@smallperformanceadventures.com

    small performance adventures is working with a range of recovery arts organisations across the UK to create a series of performances that due to the Covid-19 pandemic will not be performed live, but be simultaneously shared online on August 31st 2020 at 13.13pm (BST) (UTC+1) https://www.facebook.com/ODALiveUK/
    These video performances created by artists and participants in recovery are ritual acts of remembrance and respect which also aim to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
    The organisations participating are: We are Not Saints, Edit Sweet, Bristol Drugs Project, Outside Edge Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

    Arlington

    Virginia

    Activity: Recovery is Possible: Stories of recovery and hope
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Arlington County CSB
    Contact: Emily Siqveland
    Phone: 703-228-4216
    Email: esiqveland@arlingtonva.us

    Hear stories of recovery, have opportunities to ask questions, learn about how overdoses have impacted our community and how we are addressing it, and learn how to obtain resources such as NARCAN & Medication deactivation pouches

    New Jersey

    Activity: Responding to an Opioid Overdose at Home
    Date: 14/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Online Event
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition & Families for Sensible Drug Policy
    Contact:
    Phone:
    Email:

    Join us for a naloxone training & discussion about what non-judgemental support and radical love from families can look like.

    On Friday 14 August at 5pm, New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition co-directors Jenna Mellor & Caitlin O’Neil will be joined on by Carol Katz-Beyer of Families for Sensible Drug Policy for a family overdose reversal training, followed by a discussion on harm reduction approaches to a caring for a loved one who uses drugs.

    – We will discuss non-coercive aftercare, advocating for your loved one’s right to health & dignity, and engaging in radical love
    – Participants can contact NJHRC after the training to request a naloxone kit and fentanyl test strip kit to be mailed to them via the NJHRC request line 1-877-4NARCAN

    To tune in at 5pm on Friday 14 August, follow NJHRC on Facebook at facebook.com/njharmreduction, or message us for the link!

    Jackson

    Tennessee

    Activity: International Drug Overdose Awareness Day Narcan Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:30 am
    Location: Zoom online event
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Jackson-Madison Prevention Coalition
    Contact: Kristen Wilson
    Phone: 731-694-0502
    Email: Kristen@jmprevent.org

    Learn the signs of opioid overdose and how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone.
    About this Event
    Training available multiple times during the day that can be chosen at registration.
    Join us on International Overdose Awareness Day for a combination Narcan and Count It! Lock It! Drop It! training!
    Presented by Mark Mason, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist for R6S, Southwest TN.
    Mark Mason is a Humboldt TN native. He has been with the Jackson Madison Prevention Coalition since April 2019 as the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) of Region 6 South, covering all of Southwest Tennessee. His goal as a ROPS is to educate the public, medical community, law enforcement, first responders, those with Substance Use Disorders and their family on how to use the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan). He trains and equips individuals with the life saving drug Naloxone (Narcan). Naloxone is a prescription medication used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose along with always calling 911.

    Narcan Training by Mark Mason. Drop It – Count It – Lock It  training by Kristen Wilson.  Sessions at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm

    Peterborough

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: City Hall 500 George St
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Brad’s Bears
    Contact: Lori
    Phone:
    Email: bradsbearsptbo@gmail.com

    On August 31st 2020 (International Overdose Awareness Day) we will be building a powerful display to showcase the severity of overdose in our community and raise awareness.

    We will be at City Hall at 9:00 am to set up the display. We encourage you to bring down items (pictures of your loved ones, items that belonged to them etc) to add to our display between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. The more personal touches we can add the more impactful the display will be
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    We will be on site from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We have International Overdose Awareness Day bracelets and pins to hand out as well as a wealth of resources and educational information to share. We look forward to seeing new faces and reconnecting with those we have met in the past. We are here to hear your story, come down and tell us about your loved ones and the impact overdose has had on your life. We are a safe place and EVERYONE is welcome. We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard and every story matters. From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm we invite local media and local government representatives to join us. (we ask they join us in the afternoon so the display will be fully set up with your personal touches)

    If you are unable to see us in person please join our online event
    https://www.facebook.com/events/290328125393066/

    We are pleased to say Peterborough Aids Resource Network (PARN) will be joining us and co-hosting this event. PARN brings with them the experience of fighting the opioid crisis on the front lines as well as deep understanding of harm reduction practices.

    COVID – 19 Protocol: Please keep in mind the social distancing rules. We will be outside so masks will not be mandatory, however we do encourage them. We will have some masks available for anyone unable to bring their own. We will be respectful of social distancing and kindly ask you to wait your turn to visit with us and/or place items at the display.

    Locust Grove

    Virginia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 20/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: 2130 Germanna Hwy.
    Locust Grove, VA 2250810000 Germanna Point Drive
    Fredericksburg, VA 22408

    Online via Zoom
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Germanna Community College
    Contact: 540-423-9121
    Phone:
    Email: alandes@germanna.edu

    Drive Up Pep Rally
    August 20, 2020
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    In part to pep rally hosted by Student Activities. Pick up your FREE Overdose T-shirt and helpful resource packets.
    Presenter: Alicia Landes and Pam Frederick, Germanna Community College
    How to Participate: Locust Grove Campus parking lot
    Point of contact: alandes@germanna.edu

    Drive Up Pep Rally
    August 21, 2020
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    In part to pep rally hosted by Student Activities. Pick up your FREE Overdose T-shirt and helpful resource packets.
    Presenter: Alicia Landes and Pam Frederick, Germanna Community College
    How to Participate: Fredericksburg Area Campus parking lot
    Point of contact: alandes@germanna.edu

    Let’s See Your Purple by Showing Support and Honoring Loved Ones
    August 31, 2020
    All Day
    Part of International Overdose Awareness Day
    If you were able to make it to the Drive Up Pep Rally and received a #END Overdose t-shirt, please send us a photo of yourself showing support or honoring a loved one who has either lost the battle to addiction or showing support for a loved one who is currently battling addiction. If you were not able to make the Drive Up Pep Rally, send us a photo of you showing support or honoring a loved one of yourself decked out in purple attire. Let’s see that purple! Photos provided during this event, can be used for distribution purposes by the college.
    Details of where to send the photos coming soon.
    Presenter: Hosted by Germanna Community College Counseling Services
    How to Participate: TBA
    Point of contact: alandes@germanna.edu

    The Opiate Epidemic: What You Need to Know & How Can You Help?
    August 31, 2020
    10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Part of International Overdose Awareness Day
    Opioid addiction has been declared an epidemic and a national emergency. Since COVID, overdose deaths have increased. 8% of high school students and 7% of middle school students report taking prescription drugs not prescribed to them. It is imperative that we do a better job of identifying and treating opiate addiction. This training will give you an introduction to opiate addiction, address treatment approaches, and suggest what you can do to help.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    Presenter: Carmen Greiner, Be Well Rappahannock
    How to Participate: Pre-registration is required https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdeCvqT0oG9K62eRIUe2qkUHQxZrW9oDc
    Point of contact: alandes@germanna.edu

    Virtual REVIVE Training
    August 31, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Part of International Overdose Awareness Day
    Germanna is hosting VIRTUAL REVIVE training which educates participants about how to identify the signs of an opioid overdose and trains anyone how to administer the life-saving opioid reversal drug Narcan. Registration is free. Participation is limited to the first 30 to register in each virtual session. Individuals who complete the 60-minute training will receive access to a FREE dose of Narcan (Naloxone). Follow up information sent after registration is submitted.
    Presenter: Sherry Norton-Williams, RACSB Prevention Specialist
    How to Participate: Pre-registration is required https://bit.ly/VIRTUALREVIVE-AUG-31-2020
    Point of contact: alandes@germanna.edu

    Ballarat

    VIC

    Activity: Online IOAD Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: Online event
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ballarat Community Health
    Contact: Kate Davenport
    Phone:
    Email: kateda@bchc.org.au

    Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ballarat Community Health will be unable to host a public event this year. Instead we have created a virtual candlelight remembrance video sharing messages from loved ones who have been affected by overdose.

    In the weeks leading up to Overdose Day we will be sharing information on our Facebook page about overdose and naloxone.

    Melbourne

    VIC

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Commemorative Podcast
    Date: 27/07/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Online
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Association of Participating Service Users
    Contact: Sam Schlicht
    Phone: 0438352938
    Email: apsu@sharc.org.au

    Despite being unable to gather in person, the Association of Participating Service Users – a service of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre – is determined to meaningfully honour Overdose Awareness Day.

    As part of this effort, we are producing a podcast tribute to friends and loved ones lost to overdose, and hope that some of you will be willing to take part in a brief recorded telephone call to answer the following two questions:

    1. Describe the person you lost and their relationship to you
    2. Tell us something you would like people to know about them

    Both questions can be answered any way you like. You may have a story to tell about the person, or a feeling for what they would have been doing now. You may not have anything remarkable or original to say, but just want to give a simple remembrance. Your participation is what counts.

    The only thing we ask is to focus on the person rather than their drug use. We want to give a sense of the human experience that numbers and policy arguments fail to express.

    In order to take part, please send an email to apsu@sharc.org.au with a weekday and time when you can talk on the phone for around 5 minutes or less. We’ll confirm by email and then give you a call when it was requested.

    You will not be asked to provide any identifying details beyond what you choose to say about yourself or the person you’re commemorating. You’ll be one of many, and the recordings will only be used for this project.

    Check out regular episodes of the podcast, ‘Straight From the Source, wherever you usually get your podcasts, or at https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/straight-from-the-source-apsu-podcast/

    Indianapolis

    Indiana

    Activity: Organization
    Date: 22/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: 12710 Tealwood Dr.
    Indianapolis, IN 46236
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Someones Child Helping Hands
    Contact: Heather Feeney
    Phone: 317-414-6469
    Email: Schh2016c@gmail.com

    Light Up The World is an online event this year due to Covid 19. We ask everyone light a candle, and post a picture of the lit candle, and where their location is.

    Las Vegas

    Nevada

    Activity: Virtual International Overdose Awareness Day 2020
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Virtual Event
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance
    Contact: Veronica Portillo
    Phone: N/A
    Email: sonvharmreductionalliance@gmail.com

    The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance presents our fourth annual International Overdose Awareness Day. This is our time to come together and honor those we have lost due to an overdose and to celebrate those who have found recovery. Our event will have a proclamation and vigil, online naloxone training and demonstration (with free naloxone provided if you live within the state of Nevada), and a panel for discussions and questions.

    Nicosia

    None

    Activity: Organisation
    Date: 01/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: 35 Iosif Hadjiosif and Andreas Avraamides
    1st Floor, 2028 Strovolos
    Nicosia
    CYPRUS
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Cyprus National Authority Against Addictions (NAAC)
    Contact: Byron Jack Gaist
    Phone: +3572244976
    Email: b.gaist@cytanet.com.cy

    NAAC will run a media campaign which includes a harm reduction theme throughout August 2020, culminating in online dissemination (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, NAAC Website) of the IOAD materials in Greek, on August 31st.

    Fairfield

    Connecticut

    Activity: Fairfield CARES IOAD Vigil
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 1451 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Fairfield CARES Community Coalition
    Contact: Reini Knorr
    Phone: 2035378860
    Email: FairfieldCARES@fairfieldct.org

    Candlelight vigil with speakers, music, testimony, visual display

    San Jose

    California

    Activity: IOAD 2020 Concert: Hosted by Stream For Good Events
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: online at:
    https://www.twitch.tv/streamforgoodevents
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Lohriemay Arruiza
    Phone: 4084218232
    Email: larruiza@icloud.com

    Pre-recorded memorial video and concert streamed live via twitch.tv.

    Brantford

    Ontario

    Activity: IOAD Online Awareness Campaign Week
    Date: 24/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand, and Norfolk
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: IOAD Planning Committee Brantford, Haldimand, Norfolk
    Contact: Allie Torrance
    Phone: 905 520 8083
    Email: hrbrant@aidsnetwork.ca

    Moving to a community engagement and online format, the IOAD planning committee has been working to develop an online campaign with a week of social media engagement activities, resources, personal stories, videos, and calls to action. During the week leading up to August 31st, we are asking community members, local businesses, and community organizations to show their solidarity with people who use drugs by hosting a banner or poster within their spaces and in their windows containing important messaging and demands to end the overdose crisis and to improve the lives of people who use drugs in our communities. All of the work throughout this week will be shared and posted across social media platforms. We will be holding a online debrief space after August 31st to hold space for people who have been impacted by overdose, as a space of solidarity, of anger, of healing, of tribute and of love.

    Raleigh

    North Carolina

    Activity: IOAD NC Raleigh Rally for Change
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Due to Covid 19, this year’s event will be virtual. Please join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/IOADRaleighNCRally – Or join our mailing list by emailing us at ioadraleighrally@gmail.com
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: NCAPDA (IOAD Raleigh NC)
    Contact: Randy Abbott
    Phone:
    Email: IOADraleighrally@gmail.com

    During the virtual event, you will hear from parents, siblings, and children that have been impacted by an overdose of a loved one. There will be music, resource rooms, and naloxone training. The event will end with the reading of names of our North Carolina Lost Loved Ones followed by a virtual candlelight vigil. There will also be an online photo loop as well.

    Watch for more information on registration and more. the event will begin at 5:00 pm EST and run through the end of the reading of names and candlelight vigil.

    Worcester

    Massachusetts

    Activity: Worcester International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: Online – https://www.facebook.com/events/712408352871106/permalink/712719626173312/
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Worcester International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil Planning Team
    Contact: Rev. Aaron Payson
    Phone: 508-963-5959
    Email: Worcoverdoseawareness@gmail.com

    Please join us for an online vigil honoring the lives of those we’ve lost to overdoses.

    Worcester

    Massachusetts

    Activity: Worcester International Overdose Day Awareness Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: Online – Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qfuqvpj0rGtXNreFlXlBbRyMOulbpUk6L?fbclid=IwAR1D9TMn4rWGa1F4X2WQ9kBzXaf_MRGxsc7Rs8ep7pjsDyslC1uLnFCigz4
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Worcester Overdose Day Vigil Planning Group
    Contact: Rev. Aaron Payson
    Phone: 508-963-5959
    Email: worcoverdoseawareness@gmail.com

    The 2020 Worcester Overdose Awareness Day Vigil will be an online event. This annual opportunity to remember and honor the lives of those who have died from overdoses will feature music, remarks from area leaders, families of those who have died, and a virtual candlelighting.

    Edmonton

    Alberta

    Activity: Healing Hearts with Moms Stop The Harm
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Online activities, purple ribbon campaign, via digital billboard campaign and at Victoria Park Site 6 for an informal gathering and candlelight vigil.  Bring masks
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Healing Hearts with Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Angela
    Phone:
    Email: HealingHeartsEdmonton@gmail.com

    Due to Covid19 restrictions we will be unable to host our public event as we have in the past, however, we must continue to acknowledge and recognize IOAD and we have the following activities planned:

    *In the month leading up to August 31st – we will have a digital billboard campaign to raise awareness of IOAD at 82 Avenue & 99 Street and 109 Street & Jasper Avenue (Edmonton, AB)

    *Moms Stop The Harm – “Tie A Purple Ribbon” Campaign promotion via social media – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PurpleRibbonForOverdoseAwareness/

    *August 31, 2020 at 7:30pm: An informal gathering for IOAD at Victoria Park Site 6 (12030 River Valley Rd NW) with candlelight vigil at 8.45pm as the High Level Bridge will be lit up in purple in honour of IOAD. (Candles will not be provided this year). Physically distancing measures are in place in the park. Please bring a mask.

     

    Toronto

    ON

    Activity: Weathered
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 am
    Location: Will take place online.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Twentytwenty Arts
    Contact: Megan Kee
    Phone: 6472876843
    Email: megan@twentytwentyarts.com

    Weathered is a digital photography exhibition & fundraising campaign raising awareness for overdose death.

    Weathered is asking families to produce memorialized photographs of shoes and mementos belonging to loved ones who have lost their lives to an overdose. Weathered sets out to raise awareness for overdose death and funds for Street Health’s Overdose Prevention Site.

    All photograph submissions will be accepted (June 1st – July 6th, 2020). We encourage everyone, regardless of skill level, to submit a memorialized photograph with a written description about their loved one.

    All photographs, stories, videos, and content will be shared on Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st, 2020).

    Additional details about the campaign can be found here: https://www.twentytwentyarts.com/weathered