Posted by David Gardner on Jul 13, 2018
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31 each year. IOAD 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 died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
 
Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand beside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their losses.

 
Hundreds of events are scheduled around the world on International Overdose Awareness Day to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
 
In Massachusetts, there are events scheduled in Worcester, Boston and North Billerica. The Boston event is sponsored by Wahls Foundation and will feature Mark Wahlberg, Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh, and music by Daphne Willis.
 
I ask all Rotarians to attend an event near them and show the world that Rotary cares about addiction and the lives lost. Wear your Rotary shirt, hat, whatever, and perhaps bring your club banner.
 
For more information about events near you, go to: https://www.overdoseday.com/
 
Information about the Boston event:
Massachusetts State of Awareness – #IOAD18
Time:Friday Aug 31, 2018 from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Place:Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street & Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108
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