International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have lost their battle with a substance use disorder.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable.
August 21st– September 3rd: Flags are available (free of cost) to members of our community who have experienced the loss of a loved one to alcohol and drug-related deaths. Flags are available for contactless pickup between 8 am-6 pm at 2453 Atwood Ave. Suite 210 Madison, WI 53704. Flags can be returned to the same place, personally placed in the display after August 21st, or written on at our office and left to be placed in the display. If you are unable to pick up a flag but would like your loved one to be included, please submit information to be placed on flag and send to email@example.com
Due to covid-19, we are unable to have a gathering on August 31st similar to the event last year. Safe Communities is asking for loved ones to submit pictures of those lost to alcohol or drug-related deaths to be remembered in a slideshow which will be displayed on our Facebook Page and shared on our website. Information about your loved one to be added to the slide show including; name, dates (if you wish), and anything you want included, can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Communities, African American Opioid Coalition, and Pride in Prevention Coalition are excited to share our newly designed shirts, sweatshirts, and Buff face coverings. Proceeds go to Safe Communities MDC to continue the ability to bring this important event to our community. You can get yours here: https://safe-communities-madison-dane-county.square.site