Overdose Awareness Day
Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31 each year and 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. As COVID-19 continued to plague Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Health Department and our partners had to strategize socially distant in-person and virtual events to commemorate the importance of the date. On August 27, 2020 the Health Department hosted a conversation with Westside YO! on youth and opioids on Facebook Live. Followed by a virtual discussion titled “Whats COVID got to do with it”, featuring Scott Nolen, director of OSI’s Addiction and Health Equity Program, the Baltimore City Health Department, and the Black Mental Alliance. To finish out the events, the Health Department’s Opioid Prevention Team hosted an outdoor demonstration and art gallery at the YNOT Lot on Charles St. and North Ave with City Councilman Stokes as the speaker. This was accompanied by Baltimore City Hall, and several other districts, organizations, and city residents around Baltimore City lighting their homes and buildings purple.