• Subline Title: Raising awareness about the devastating impact of drug overdoses and honoring the lives lost to substance misuse.

The Community Overdose Action Team invites you to join us for Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, August 31, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Levitt Pavilion located at 134 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton. This free event is dedicated to raising awareness about the devastating impact of drug overdoses and honoring the lives of those lost to substance misuse. This day serves as a reminder of the tragic consequences of addiction and aims to educate the public, support individuals struggling with substance use, and advocate for effective prevention and treatment measures.

Community Overdose Action Team Project Manager, Dawn Schwartz explains, “As a community, we must strive to break the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction by fostering understanding, compassion, and support for those who are affected.”

"The Community Overdose Action Team continues to develop collaborative solutions to reducing overdoses and deaths in our community,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge. “With the support of health care providers, local businesses and nonprofits, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, family members and individuals in recovery, we continue to provide a path for stigma free recovery from addiction.”

Attendees will have a chance to learn about the signs of overdose, available treatment options, harm reduction strategies, and how naloxone can be used to reverse opioid overdoses. The evening also provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of early intervention, access to quality healthcare, and the need for comprehensive support systems to address addiction.

The event will feature harm reduction resources, prevention and recovery services, free carnival games, event bags, food trucks, and more. The evening will feature a live performance by Dave Hause and the Mermaid on the Levitt Pavilion stage starting at 7:00 pm.

By commemorating those who have lost their lives to overdose, promoting prevention and treatment efforts, and supporting individuals on their journey to recovery, this event is designed to inspire positive change and reduce the devastating impact of substance misuse on society.

Overdose Awareness Day is presented by the Community Overdose Action Team, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, ADAMHS, and OneFifteen. For more information visit mccoat.org.

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