The City of Medford is honoring International Overdose Awareness Day by posting a banner on the front of City Hall. Medford is not alone; all over the world families, friends and neighbors are recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, 2017. 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 and opioid abuse touches each of us, and is an underlying issue throughout many communities,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We will continue to fight the epidemic of overdose and advocate for resources as it remains absolutely critical in our City.”
It is fitting that we take time to honor 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.
The City of Medford is committed to helping those suffering from addiction.
Please call or text 781-654-5635
Penny Funaiole, Prevention and Outreach Manager