TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that Ohio will observe the second annual Ohio Overdose Awareness Day and recognize the beginning of September Month of recovery this week.
Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, which takes place on August 31, aims to raise awareness and remember the lives lost to the ongoing national opioid epidemic.
DeWine’s office says RecoveryOhio announced Monday that this year’s celebration will include the creation of Naloxone.Ohio.gov, a new resource that offers Ohioans a streamlined process to get free naloxone. Naloxone is a life-saving drug used to reverse an opioid overdose.
“Overdoses affect us all,” Governor DeWine said. “We know that naloxone is a critical tool in Ohio’s fight against drug addiction and ultimately makes our communities safer. I encourage Ohioans to use Naloxone.Ohio.gov and carry naloxone.
To help promote Overdose Awareness Day, a Ohio Overdose Awareness Day Toolkit was created by leaders from DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
According to DeWine’s office, the toolkit includes social media graphics and posts, videos, posters and digital ads that can be used to raise awareness.
“Our Overdose Awareness Day Toolkit features real Ohioans who have shared their stories to help others know that recovery is possible,” said RecoveryOhio Director Aimee Shadwick. “They remind us today, and every day, to honor the memory of those we have lost and to stand together in solidarity with those who are courageously working towards their recovery.”
DeWine’s office says the toolkit aims to educate Ohioans about what to do in the event of an overdose and how to get help for someone struggling with an addiction.
“Knowing how to respond in an emergency can save lives, and our goal is to have these resources widely shared in Ohio communities,” said ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA.
According to DeWine’s office, on August 31, state flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset at all state buildings and public institutions in recognition of Overdose Awareness Day.
“We can help prevent overdose deaths by being aware of the signs, knowing how to respond, removing the stigma, and ensuring that help is visible and accessible for all Ohioans in need” , said OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss.
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