(August 24, 2016) – August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held each year that 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 met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
On August 31st:
- Wear purple. A purple ribbon promotes drug overdose awareness. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #OverdoseAwarenessDayCC to be featured on our Facebook page.
- Camden City Hall and the Ben Franklin Bridge will be lit up purple.
- Observe a moment of silence for all who have died of an overdose at 1:29 p.m. on August 31st. According to the CDC, there are 129 daily overdose deaths.
The Camden County Board of Freeholders’ Addiction Awareness Task Force is charged with increasing awareness of prescription opiate and heroin abuse and addiction, aimed at reducing the demand for heroin and prescription drugs. Since the Addiction Awareness Task Force was formed on June 19, 2014, the task force has:
- Kicked off an advertising awareness campaign called HEROIN. PILLS. IT ALL KILLS.
- Distributed over 30,000 pieces of educational literature to residents throughout the county.
- Held community awareness and educational events totaling over 10,000 attendees.
- Held continuing medical education courses for physicians and health care providers.
- Worked with local law enforcement to expand access to medication drop boxes. 22 permanent drop off locations and portable boxes for events are now available. 5,000 pounds of medications have now been collected.
- Trained and equipped over 725 residents with Narcan/naloxone overdose prevention kits.
- Every law enforcement agency in Camden County is now equipped with Narcan, resulting in over 700 Narcan saves countywide.