Rally to Save Lives on International Overdose Awareness Day
Time: 05:00 pm
Location: Starburst Plaza
1501 Maryland Ave NE
Name of Organisation: HIPS
Contact: Johnny Bailey
HIPS and The Chosen Few would like to invite you to an evening of music, food, and community to honor our fallen and fight for our future!
Last year alone, DC lost 422 of our neighbors and friends to opioid overdose and 567 total to all forms of overdose — that’s more people than those who died from COVID or violent crime. Every single one of those deaths was a policy failure. Prohibition and the War on Drugs have failed at preventing people from doing drugs, but instead prevented people from using drugs safely. We are here to imagine a brighter future for all of us, and especially for the health and safety of our neighbors, family, friends, and loved ones who use drugs.
Please join us for a “Rally to Save Lives on International Overdose Awareness Day” on August 31, 2022!
Featuring live music from The OutDaBox X’Perience, community testimonials, free swag, music, food, HIV/Hep-C testing, hygiene products and other mutual aid supplies, Narcan, and solidarity.
This event is FREE and open to the public!
HIPS’ IOAD 2022 is brought to you by a wide array of community partners who will be providing resources and information, including:
HIPS – https://www.hips.org/
The Chosen Few – https://www.hips.org/chosen-few.html
Drug Policy Alliance – https://drugpolicy.org/
Students For Sensible Drug Policy – https://ssdp.org/
Sex Worker Advocacy Coalition (SWAC)
Deeds Of Kindness
Prisons Foundation – https://safestreetsarts.info/
Fair Budget Coalition – https://fairbudget.org/
Oxford House – https://www.oxfordhouse.org/
5:00pm – Live Entertainment from The OutDaBox X’Perience
6:00pm – #DecrimPovertyDC Rally featuring testimonials from community members and coalition partners
7:00pm – Vigil, Memorial, and Healing Space in honor of those who have lost their lives to overdose, the War on Drugs, and substance-related illnesses