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International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Display

August 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - September 2, 2022 @ 9:00 pm

Have you lost a loved one to overdose?  You can commemorate that person by making a sign that will be posted along the street by Olbrich Park.  

The signs will be installed August 15th – September 2nd in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). To make a sign:

  • From August 1 – 21, Pick up a blank sign at our office and create a personalized tribute.
  • Use permanent markers when making your sign. On one (or both sides) write:
    1. The name of your loved one lost to overdose
    2. Birth and death year (optional)
    3. A short message (optional)

You may also create a design and/or message on one side of the sign 

NOTE: If you made a memorial flag for a loved one in a previous year, please make a new sign.  Our flags did not hold up well to the weather and we are switching to more durable plastic signs. You may also request that we make a sign for you by completing this form:

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  • Drop off completed signs before August 22nd.  We post the signs along Atwood Avenue by Olbrich Park between August 23 to September 2. To drop off at our office, please drop off signs between 9AM- 4:30PM Monday-Friday. If no one is at the office please leave outside the door. We are located at 2453 Atwood Ave. Suite 210 in Madison.


Questions? Contact Safe Communities at; (608) 441-3060

You may also bring your sign to the IOAD event on August 31 at Olbrich Park. We will provide wire sign holders to install your sign.



August 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
September 2, 2022 @ 9:00 pm
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Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.