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International Overdose Awareness Day Recognizes Those Affected by Addiction

This year on International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center, a Program of Pyramid Healthcare, will be honoring the individuals and families whose lives have been affected by drug overdose. This includes family and friends grieving the loss of a loved one; workers in healthcare and support services who extend their strength and compassion; and first responders who selflessly assume the role of lifesaver. International Overdose Awareness Day raises the community’s understanding about drug overdose risks, substance use treatment, how to respond to an overdose, and how to overcome stigma in overdose prevention.   SMCHD, in partnership with Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center, will be hosting a “Walk and Share” event on August 31, 2023 at the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Join us for: Candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Peer support Naloxone (Narcan) training Anti-Stigma information “We want to recognize and support the many persons whose lives and families have been impacted by drug use and overdose, including those who care for loved ones struggling with the illness of addiction,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Events […]

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