2nd Annual International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil

Date & Time

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Details
Event Description: 
On August 31, 2107, Anne Arundel County will be hosting our second International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil. Please join us in remembering those lives we have lost due to overdose and let our citizens know THERE IS HOPE! Recovery Anne Arundel ROSC in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Health, State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland House Detox and the Arundel Christian Church will host a candlelight vigil to honor those lives lost to overdose in our county. International Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the community understand that fatal overdose is an issue that affects mainstream society. The day also serves as a warning that no one is immune to overdose. While this is a complex issue, it is not one without hope. This is a ‘time to remember, time to act, time to heal”. August 31st brings the community together to highlight treatment and prevention efforts in order to put a stop to this epidemic. In addition, we are gathering to show support for our amazing Anne Arundel County and Annapolis First Responders, who work so closely with behavioral health providers to carefully and compassionately understand the challenges of those suffering with the disease of addiction.
Type of Event: 
Communication/Media (proclamation signing, press event, radio or television programming, op-ed, article or journal publication, book signing, blogging, etc.)
Education (townhall meeting, class, workshop, lecture or training for community and general public, policymakers, social service and criminal justice organizations, etc.)
Faith-based (faith-based meeting, presentation, camping, sermons, etc.)
Is this event open to public?: 
Yes
Estimated Number of Attendees: 
700
Location
Is this a virtual event (taking place online)?: 
No
Is this event in the United States?: 
Yes
Address: 
710 Aquahart Road
City: 
Glen Burnie
U.S. State: 
Maryland
Country: 
United States
Zip/Postal Code: 
21061
Website for additional information: 
recoveryannearundel.org
Contacts
Contact Name: 
Carol
Last Name: 
Boyer
Address Line 1: 
115 South Camp Meade Road
City: 
Linthicum
U.S. State: 
Maryland
Zip Code: 
21090
Phone: 
443-591-2070
Supporting Materials
Additional information (press materials, media updates, etc.): 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Media Advisory Timothy J. Altomare Chief of Police Director of Media Relations: Lieutenant Ryan Frashure Office: (410) 222-8700 Public Information Officer: Corporal Jacklyn Davis Fax: (410) 987-9087 8495 Veterans Highway Date: 08/17/16 Millersville, MD 21108 Release Time: 3:00 pm Media Advisory: International Overdose Awareness Day What: International Overdose Awareness Day Event Where: Arundel Christian Church 710 Aquahart Road Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 When: Wednesday, August 31, 2017 @ 7:15 p.m. Who: Recovery Anne Arundel ROSC (Recovery Oriented Systems of Care) Anne Arundel County Police Department Anne Arundel County Fire Department Anne Arundel County Department of Health Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh Numerous state and county government officials Background: Originally started in Australia, International Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. Two community workers in Australia seized the opportunity to provide a platform to acknowledge the grief of family and love ones who have dealt with an overdose tragedy. They hosted a local event on August 31st where they distributed silver ribbons to anyone who wanted to remember someone who had died due to an overdose. The idea quickly spread and is now a globally recognized event where thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The intent of IOAD is to not only respectfully remember those who have lost their lives by overdose, but to also raise awareness that overdose prevention is preventable. For more information on the background, resources, and/or to support IOAD http://www.overdoseday.com/ Event: On August 31, 2107, Anne Arundel County will be hosting our second International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil. Please join us in remembering those lives we have lost due to overdose and let our citizens know THERE IS HOPE! Recovery Anne Arundel ROSC in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Health, State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland House Detox and the Arundel Christian Church will host a candlelight vigil to honor those lives lost to overdose in our county. International Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the community understand that fatal overdose is an issue that affects mainstream society. The day also serves as a warning that no one is immune to overdose. While this is a complex issue, it is not one without hope. This is a ‘time to remember, time to act, time to heal”. August 31st brings the community together to highlight treatment and prevention efforts in order to put a stop to this epidemic. In addition, we are gathering to show support for our amazing Anne Arundel County and Annapolis First Responders, who work so closely with behavioral health providers to carefully and compassionately understand the challenges of those suffering with the disease of addiction. There were 383 overdose fatalities in Maryland, with 45 reported in Anne Arundel County, this is triple the amount in the same time period from last year. In Anne Arundel County we have developed programs and resources to help combat addiction but we cannot do it alone. We need your help to raise awareness and help support those who need help. Please come out to honor loved ones, families, and friends that have suffered an overdose tragedy. We invite you, your clients, colleagues, family members, and friends to join us on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 as we host a candlelight vigil starting at 7:15 pm at the Arundel Christian Church, 710 Aquahart Road, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061. Doors will open to the public at 7:15 pm. For planning purposes please contact: Lieutenant Ryan Frashure 410-222-3146 or p91400@aacounty.org Corporal Jacklyn Davis 410-222-8701 or p91601@aacounty.org Carol Boyer 443-591-2070 or cboyer@delphihealthgroup.com Facebook: "Like Us" on Facebook Follow Us On Twitter: @AACOPD Instagram: @AACoPD Metro Crime Stoppers: If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.org Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000! ###

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Yes
Last Updated: 06/16/2017