International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day 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.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life.

Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it?

Join HVCS and the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm for a candlelight vigil in front of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Listen to personal experience speakers, pay tribute with memorials, and pick up harm reduction information and supplies. The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) will offer Narcan training for people interested in receiving a free Narcan kit.  DBCH Deputy Commissioner, Jean-Marie Niebuhr, LCSW-R, will also provide an overview of the opiate epidemic and current responses in the Dutchess County community.