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  • Philadelphia

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Panel Discussion
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-overdose-awareness-day-panel-discussion-tickets-168443889207
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Temple University College of Public Health
    Contact: Luisa Klemm
    Phone:
    Email: cphevent@temple.edu

    There were over 90,000 overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending January 2021, an unprecedented increase of nearly 30%. During the same time, the rate in Pennsylvania increased about 17% with over 5000 death. In Philadelphia, the number of overdose related deaths was 1214, a 9% increase in a city that already had the second highest overdose rate in the country. It is important to note that overdose deaths rose 29% for Black persons in Philly and dropped 10% for white persons. Overdose deaths are more common with opioid and stimulant (with or without opioid adulteration) use and reported differently than deaths from alcohol poisoning. However, deaths from alcohol poisoning with and without depressants and opioids is also increasing. There are several ways to reduce overdose deaths, collectively referred to as Harm Reduction, however, stigma around persons who use substances reduces community acceptance of these strategies.

    International Overdose Awareness Day was started in 2001 and aims to raise awareness about the risks of overdose, educate persons on how to intervene when witnessing an overdose, and offer family members and communities a space to honor – without stigma- their loved ones who have died from overdose. IOAD is run by a non-profit Australian public health organization who support evidence-based strategies and policy.

    This year the College of Public Health has put together a diverse panel who will speak on how the overdose crises has affected the North Philadelphia community, substance use stigma and its impact on overdose prevention, the signs of overdose, how to respond to an overdose, and how medical amnesty can protect Temple students who report substance use related emergencies.

    Speakers:

    Clayton Ruley: Prevention Point Philadelphia Director of Community Engagement and Volunteer Services

    Katherine Zuk: Social and Behavioral Sciences Grad Student/TA

    James J. Graham III D.O.: Medical Director- Crisis Response Center, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital

    Megan M. Patrick, Ed.D: Assistant Dean, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Temple University

    Moderators:

    Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES: Assistant Professor Social and Behavioral Sciences.

    Kate Gallagher, MSW, LCSW: Director of Community Based Learning for the Office of Community-Engaged Research and Practice

    Glenside

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: barbara senst
    Date: 28/08/2021
    Time: 04:30 pm
    Location: Oreland Pizza, Oreland, PA
    Locals Coffee, Wyndmoor, PA
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Springfield Township Opioid ACTION Committee
    Contact: Barbara Senst
    Phone: 267-230-9003
    Email: stoac2019@gmail.com

    Distributing Up-to-Date information, Discussions, Narcan distribution information and education, overdose information, No Shame Pledge

    Hazleton

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 223 W. Broad StVenue – Laurel Mall – 106 Laurel Mall dr. Hazleton, PA 18202 10AM-3PM
    Venue – State Representative Tarah Toohill’s office – 1 W. Broad St. Hazleton, PA 18201 11AM-1PM
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Pathway To Recovery
    Contact: Eileen Panzarella
    Phone: 5704559902
    Email: epanzarella@pathway-to-recovery.org

    Information booth with awareness info on how to recognize and reverse an overdose. Free medication disposal pouches will be distributed

    Berwick

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 28/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Sponsler Park
    Monroe St
    Berwick, PA 18603
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Jeremy’s Journey
    Contact: Michelle Creasy
    Phone: 1-570-205-1772
    Email: jeremysjourney27@gmail.com

    4th Annual Candlelight Vigil hosted by Jeremy’s Journey- speakers will include those who have lost loved ones due to overdose, those in recovery, elected officials, United in Recovery, and more. Resources will be available. The event will conclude with a candle lighting ceremony in memory of all lives lost to overdose. Candles will be provided.
    Can You See Me Now banners and PA Drug Epidemic Awareness Walk Across America banners will be on display. (Rain date: August 29th)

    Indiana

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: 6th Annual Indiana County Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Brush Valley Community Park,
    Route 56, Brush Valley, PA, 15720
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Blairsville Support Group Against Drugs
    Contact: Rebecca A Perkovich
    Phone: 17243881124
    Email: r.a.perky47@gmail.com

    6:00-7:00pm NARCAN training, networking with resource information and community leaders, Memory Craft Table
    7:00-8:00pm Speaker Hour
    8:00pm Memory March
    8:30pm Candlelight Vigil

    Johnstown

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Cambria County IOAD
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: PNG Park
    90 Johns St.
    Johnstown PA
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Cambria County Drug Coalition
    Contact: Natalie Kauffman
    Phone: 8146194505
    Email: natalie.kauffman@drugcoalition.org

    Join us as we gather together for our 5th Annual IOAD Event. This memorial service will begin at 7pm at PNG Park in Downtown Johnstown. The hour long event will include speakers, music and a book reading. As this is our 5th year we will feature the Empty Chair Memorial and place an empty chair for every life lost to overdose in Cambria County over the past 5 years. Families are encouraged to bring a picture or memento of their loved one to be place on one of the chairs. Additional chairs will be available to be placed for those who lost their life prior to our first event 5 years ago and their families are encouraged to participate in this memorial. The Stone Bridge will be lit in the Awareness Color of Purple at sunset. The event will also be streamed live to the Cambria County Drug Coalition’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CambriaCountyDrugCoalition

    Warren

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Prayer Service
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: 200 Market St., Warren, PA
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: First United Methodist Church
    Contact: Barb Young
    Phone: 814-723-4930
    Email: FUMCWarren@firstumwarren.com

    A Prayer Service where family members and friends can grieve together and find hope and healing

    Indiana

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: 6th Annual Indiana Co. Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Brush Valley Community Park,
    Brush Valley, PA, Route 56
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Blairsville Support Group Against Drugs
    Contact: Becky Perkovich
    Phone: 724-388-1124
    Email: r.a.perky47@gmail.com

    6-7:00pm – Music, crowd/vendor networking,
    NARCAN training, Memorial craft table
    7:00pm – Speakers
    7:45pm – Awareness Walk
    8:00pm – Candlelight Vigil

    Montrose

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: IOAD event on the Montrose Green
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Across from the Court House on the Montrose Green
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Stop the Stigma
    Contact: Lynne Graham
    Phone: 570-934-1160
    Email: Lbgraham52@gmail.com

    Educational resource tables, inspirational speakers, remembrance of those lost to Overdose by name and tolling of bell, free hotdogs and hamburgers

    Warminster

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Driving for Derek
    Date: 28/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: 489 e. County line rd. Warminster pa
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Kate
    Phone:
    Email: katecoss2@gmail.com

    Meet up at Archies big heads to decorate cars with pictures of lost loved ones due to overdose. Drive through town (hatboro) and meet up back at starting point. Once back we will honor lost loved ones lives by spreading awareness and raising money to go to international overdose awareness!

    live Dj, raffles and 50/50!

    Kingston

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: 9th International Overdose Awareness Walk
    Date: 29/08/2021
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: August 29th
    3pm-6pm
    Kirby Park
    Kingston,PA.
    Pavilion 2 (by pond)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: GRASP
    Contact: Carol Coolbaugh
    Phone: 570 991 7199
    Email: Carolcoolbaugh324@gmail.com

    This is a free event that will have a memory walk,speakers,music, food, information tables,Narcan training and give away ending with a balloon release.

    USA

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Somebody’s Someone
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Begin at North Park Gazebo, North Water St, Kittanning, PA 16201 (across from Arch St)
    End at Recovery Capital, 281 North McKean St, Kittanning, PA 16201
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Recovery Capital
    Contact: Shasta Wilkinson
    Phone: 724-548-8334 x504
    Email: recoverycapital@aicdac.org

    Event begins at 7pm at the North Park Gazebo. We will have resources for accessing help, family support groups, grief support and have Narcan to distribute. We will have 2 speakers and Name reading tribute of those lost to overdose. @ 8pm Candlelight Vigil begins. We will promenade a short distance to Recovery Capital and conclude the event with keepsake exchange. Event is FREE.

    Mount Joy

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day: A Time of Healing After Overdose Loss
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Hospice & Community Care’s Pathways Center for Grief & Loss
    Contact: Patti Anewalt
    Phone: 717-391-2412
    Email: panewalt@hospicecommunity.org

    The purpose of this event is to connect those grieving an overdose death with others, learning from others what helps them cope. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo or memento of their loved one to display on our Memory Table. A panel of GRASP participants (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) will share their experience of loss and how GRASP helps them. We will have Q & A along with local updates and a closing memorial.

    Stroudsburg

    Pennsylvania

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Memorial Drive
    Date: 29/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Event begins at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, 915 North 5th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360Memorial Drive begins at the Wesleyan Church runs through down town Stroudsburg and ends at the Hughes Library on Route 611 in Stroudsburg.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Rays of Hope for Addiction
    Contact: Debra Hartley
    Phone: 610-751-6638
    Email: dlh304@yahoo.com

    Event begins at the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church with vehicle window painting to honor lost loved ones and or messages of love and hope. Event will features Speakers, Vendors, NARCAN Distribution and Training, Reflection Music, Prayers for Lives Lost, Dedication Ceremony for the lives lost and County Proclamation.

    Event will culminate with participants lining up their vehicles to be escorted by local law enforcement for the 2 mile drive through down town Stroudsburg, up Main Street to Route 611, then ending and disbursing at the Hughes Library near the Stroud Mall.

    Church parking lot opens at 5:00 PM to decorate vehicles. Washable window paint provided.

    Event is an out door event