North Star Recovery to host Overdose Awareness Day event

North Star Recovery is hosting a free public International Overdose Awareness Day event from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in Connersville at the Miller Building shelter in Roberts Park.

According to recent reports, narcotic and opioid deaths in Indiana increased 20% in the last year, and more than 70,000 people in the United States have reportedly died in 2017. A report from IU and IUPUI-Columbus was referenced in the Connersville News Examiner on August 14th — the opioid crisis has cost Fayette County over $220,000,000 from 2003-2017.

North Star Recovery Overdose Awareness & Remembrance Event:

6:30 – Lantern Decorating/Messages

6:45 – Hidden Drug Education

7:15 – Guest Speaker – Jamie Naylor

7:30 – Naloxone Training & Resources

7:50 – Vigil & Prayer (opportunity to share your testimony)

8:30 – Lantern Release

Fayette Regional Hospital and its ancillary service locations are in the very heart of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Fayette Regional is the number one hospital (per capita) in Indiana for saving lives of overdose patients. This event will be a great opportunity to provide education, training and resources for community members. This event is a partnership between North Star Recovery and several community resource partners.

North Star Recovery will remember those who have died from a fatal drug overdose and provide support for those who have lost loved ones to an overdose. Friends and families are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one.

Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Renee Nesbitt, 765.827.8994 or reneen@fayetteregional.org.

About International Overdose Awareness Day

This day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. Established in Australia in 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign that works toward preventing overdose, reducing the stigma associated with it and providing support to families and loved ones of overdose victims.