The City of Medford is recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day by posting a banner on the front of City Hall. Medford is not alone in this effort to spread awareness. Nationwide there are families, friends and neighbors recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day as August 31st, 2016. In the United States, 43,982 people die every year from a drug overdose; that is 120 fatal overdoses each day. In Massachusetts alone three to four people die each day as a result of the current opioid crisis.
“The disease of addiction has affected many people, not just in our community, but throughout surrounding cities and towns and it is essential that we make every effort to increase awareness,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We need to continue to unite as a community and take action together in order to end this opioid crisis.”
It is fitting that we take time to honor and recognize the lives lost to the disease of addiction on August 31st, the day before the start of National Recovery Month. September is a month to celebrate recovery and embrace the lives that have committed to a positive change.
The City of Medford remains dedicated to helping those suffering from addiction. Please call or text Penny Funaiole, Prevention and Outreach Manager at 781-654-5635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.