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Community set to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day is a great opportunity to spread awareness on Substance Use Disorder/Addiction by showing love, understanding, and compassion! There are over 25 million individuals from all walks of life in recovery, and there are approximately 70,000 individuals that overdose each year. Did you know that one person dies every 8 minutes in our great nation due to an overdose? That is almost 200 people every day. We all know someone who has been affected by addiction at some point in their lives.
“The disease of addiction does not discriminate and affects all communities. It’s incredibly powerful when our community demonstrates its support to the families affected by this disease nationwide through supporting those affected closest to home,” says Jimmy Younis, who specializes in group therapy around substance abuse and mental health at his practice Attainable Dreams, LLC.
Due to COVID-19, Drug Free Fayette will be honoring International Overdose Awareness Day this year a little differently from last year. The public is invited to tie a ribbon to the Memorial Tree at the Gazebo on the square located at 140 Stonewall Avenue W. Fayetteville. Please stop by the Memorial Tree any time between August 29 and August 31 to add your loved one’s name to the Memorial Tree that was planted at last year’s International Overdose Awareness Day event. We will have blank purple ribbons tied to the tree. Sharpies will be available, or you can bring your own. We ask that you take a photo and post it on the Drug Free Fayette and International Overdose Awareness Day Facebook page with the #IOAD2020.
“If you have a lost a loved one to substance related death…say their name!”
The engine behind the Memorial Tree is Doreen Barr, whose mission is to spread drug education and awareness through her non-profit organization, In Ryan’s Name, Inc.
Drug Free Fayette (www.DrugFreeFayette.org) is a coalition of community leaders and youth in Fayette County focused specifically on reducing youth substance abuse in the county. While focused on youth substance abuse prevention, DFF aims to align with other organizations that provide treatment and recovery services, for youth as well as adults. DFF is a confidential and reliable resource for information about substances, healthy alternatives, and tools to keep our families safer. DFF is supported by staff member support from two local nonprofit organizations: Fayette FACTOR (www.fayettefactor.org), and AVPRIDE (www.avpride.com).

Last year saw the commemoration of a tree dedicated to the memory of loved ones lost to drug addiction. This year, International Overdose Awareness Day is set for Aug. 31, and the community is invited to participate by tying a ribbon to the tree for someone they know affected by addiction.