Location: Quincy Bayview Bridge
Name of Organisation: SIU Center for Family Medicine – Quincy
Contact: Diane Hughes
Quincy, Illinois, August 26, 2021 – The City of Quincy Bayview Bridge will be illuminated in purple on the evening of Tuesday, August 31, in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day.
According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 93,000 deaths occurred in the United States in 2020 due to drug overdose, an increase of 29% from 2019. [American Hospital Association]
Michael Connolly, MD, from SIU Center for Family Medicine – Quincy said, “Overdose Awareness Day is observed to remember the lives that we’ve lost to overdoses, to raise public awareness and to reduce stigma so those who need help will seek help.” Dr. Connolly provides care in the Medication Assisted Treatment Clinic in Quincy that treats patients with opioid addictions.
Betty Coonrod, coordinator for the Adams County Substance Abuse Coalition and employee at the health department, said, “We have a lot of passionate organizations in our community working together to address this issue. Our hope is that we can help people get plugged into the resources they need.” The coalition is a network of agencies and organizations that work to bring education and awareness to the community about substance abuse, stigma and prevention.
To learn more about Overdose Awareness Day, visit overdoseday.com or look for #EndOverdose on social media.