International Overdose Awareness Day
Time: 06:00 pm
Location: The Arctic Gazebo is a public recreation space in the center of West Warwick, RI.
Name of Organisation: West Warwick Health Equity Zone
Contact: Meg Donnelly
Since 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day has been recognized on August 31 in communities around the world to remember those who have been injured or who have died due to overdose from substance use. International Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity for the community to memorialize loved ones lost to overdose in a safe environment, some for the first time, without feeling guilt or shame; and it is important to identify and prevent the risks of overdose as well as raise awareness and break stigma. The overdose crisis has negatively impacted the community and West Warwick has felt the devastation of this crisis. The town of West Warwick remains committed to decreasing overdoses with the people of West Warwick, and International Overdose Awareness can stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy, help bring solidarity and education to our community that can help make a difference to improve awareness for harm reduction and overdose prevention, and send a strong message to people who currently use or previously used drugs that they are valued in our beloved community.
This event will include resource tables from community organizations, a remembrance ceremony, candlelight vigil and opportunity to speak on behalf of yourself and your loved ones affected by the overdose crisis.