Overdose Awareness Day
Overdose Awareness Day & Overdose Prevention Training
Expanded annual event features training, free Naloxone kits and a candlelight vigil to honor those lost to overdose
WHAT: Overdose Awareness Day, held August 31, 2019, is a day to increase awareness and honor those we’ve lost to overdose. This year, with the support of Clark County Public Health and the Clark County Opioid Taskforce, the Southwest Washington event is expanding to include opioid overdose intervention training with the overdose prevention drug, Naloxone. A limited supply of free Naloxone kits will be available at the event.
WHO: This event is open to all – because overdose impacts everyone. This event is for you whether you’ve lost a friend or loved one, know someone impacted by overdose, work in spaces like healthcare or recovery, or, if you just want to learn more.
Event partners include Clark County Opioid Taskforce, Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH), Clark County Community Services and Lyn Anderson, who has organized several Opioid Awareness Day gatherings in Vancouver.
WHEN: August 31, from 4-8pm
–4-6pm Overdose prevention training provided by Clark County Public Health
–6-8pm Third annual Southwest Washington Overdose Awareness Day candlelight vigil
WHERE: Marshall Community Center
1009 E McLoughlin Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98663
–RSVP for the training: https://sw_wa_opioid_awareness_day_2019.eventbrite.com
–The candlelight vigil does not require an RSVP
More info: The opioid epidemic is the worst man-made epidemic in human history. Over 47,000 people died from opioid overdose in 2017 alone and the trend has been climbing steadily for 20 years. Opioid overdose has passed car accidents and is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The impact of opioid use disorder and opioid misuse reaches across sectors and has an impact on diverse systems and millions of people. Plus, although a portion of this year’s event will focus on opiates, which are associated with 68% of all overdose related deaths, organizers point out that alcohol and other drugs make up nearly 30,000 more lives lost each year, for a total of 70,237.