Overdose Awareness Day Event Announcement Community Care Alliance along with community partners are playing our part to support International Overdose Awareness Day with a public gathering on August 31st at 3:00 PM.
Held every August 31st, this day provides an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives. Overdose Day events that aim to educate our communities about drugs can really help.
A Time to Remember. A Time to Learn. A Time to Act. —a gathering of community partners to educate the public about how each person can act to help end overdose. Individuals with lived experience will speak. Attendees may take part in creating an ornament to decorate a remembrance tree. The event will close with a moment of silence for loved ones lost. Food will be distributed.
The public is encouraged to attend on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 3:00 - @5:15 PM at 800 Clinton Street, Woonsocket in the parking lot.
Representatives from Community Care Alliance and partnering organizations—Thundermist Health Center, RICares, Discovery House, Landmark Medical Center, Health Equity Zone, and RI Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals will be there to outreach the community. Recovery Peers and individuals working in the field of recovery will address the audience with their stories of hope along with Johnathan Goyer, Director of Rhode Island's Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. Community Care Alliance was designated by the state as a Recovery Friendly workplace in 2020.
Too many people have lost their lives to overdose throughout the world. In Rhode Island, 384 people were lost in 2020. We are following the lead of the International Overdose Awareness Day organization by setting aside August 31st as a day of remembrance and learning for people who may be struggling with substance use or are able to help someone.