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International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and 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 is more than a single day to remember the countless friends, neighbors, and family members we’ve lost to overdoses. It is a day where we pause to hold space for all communities that have been impacted by the loss of these amazing people. It is a day where we reflect on our collective behavior and attitudes towards those who struggle and who use substances. It is a day to learn new skills to prevent the loss of others. It is a day where we honor and celebrate the networks of people who have lost someone they deeply love and care about, and remember that there is hope. And it is a day for action, in the pursuit of collectively treating others with compassion and making the necessary changes to prevent the loss of future lives.
Join your community in this international day of remembrance, celebration, and action. Organized by the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance, this annual event will take place virtually and streamed live online. Please help share this event with others.
Soles for Souls
In 2021 there were 616 total deaths in Clark County, of those, 369 were opioid related. This year at the 6th annual International Overdose Awareness Day 2022 event, hosted by the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance, there will be an interactive art display. “Soles for Souls” will raise awareness of those who will never walk with us again. Every pair of shoes donated will be displayed throughout the event to represent a life lost to drug overdose in our city. After the event each shoe donation will be donated to local charities in need of shoes.
If you are interested in donating shoes to this amazing installation please contact Michele Jorge at:
Phone: 702-759-0986 Cell: 702-859-1481 Email: Jorge@snhd.org
If you are with an organization that is interested in receiving shoes after the event, please check out our request page here.
The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is committed to the health and well-being of the people of Southern Nevada by reducing stigma, risks associated with sex, overdoses, and the harmful effects of drugs/substances within the community regardless of their circumstances.
Recent articles published about overdose rates.