You’re Invited to Take Part in Overdose Awareness Day
Authored by Audra Franchini
Recovery Centers of America is taking part in International Overdose Awareness Day 2018, August 31, with a variety of events being held at or near most of our locations.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event dedicated to recognizing those we have loved – and lost, to overdose deaths, those whose lives have been irreversibly changed by overdose, as well as to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
Founded in 2001 by Sally J Finn, communities and organizations around the world have come together each year to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to overdose.
Overdose is a horrible, heart-wrenching thing to see someone you care for go through. Some survive to keep fighting another day, and hopefully, after being shaken by this frightening event, are more open to receiving help with recovery. Some are less fortunate. Overdose has taken so many lives in our country, affecting every single person in the support systems of every life lost.
On August 31, RCA invites you to participate in any of our events, where we will be remembering those we have lost in the battle against addiction, and fostering a community of education and knowledge of overdose, addiction and recovery.
RCA Participation in International Overdose Awareness Day Events:
RCA at Danvers
RCA at Danvers is sponsoring an Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil on Friday, August 31 at 6:00 P.M. in Boston Commons – Parkman Bandstand Tremont St. Boston, MA 02106. The RCA Alumni Foundation will be providing a free bus for all family, friends & alumni. Click HERE to register for the event.
For more information, please visit http://www.massachusettsstateofawareness.org
RCA at Wilmington
RCA’s Wilmington, Delaware outpatient facility & Attack Addiction are co-hosting an event on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at RCA at Wilmington located at 2383 Limestone Road Wilmington Delaware 19808
RCA at Devon
Chester County PRO-ACT will be holding an event on Friday August 31 from 6:00 P.M.—8:00 P.M at the Charles A Melton Community Center | 501 E. Miner St. West Chester, PA. RCA will be in attendance with members of our team as well as a resource table.
Kacie’s Cause, Oxford, will be holding a Candlelight Vigil on August 31 from 7 P.M.—9:00 P.M. on the green of Oxford Presbyterian Church | 6 Pine St, Oxford, PA 19363. They will have a welcome time, special speakers, lighting of candles, open mic, and Abe the Pony will be there. RCA will be in attendance with members of our team as well as a resource table.
Kacie’s Cause, Kennett Square will be holding a Candlelight Vigil on August 31 from 7 P.M.—8:00 P.M. at the First baptist Church | 415 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. They will have a welcome time, special speakers, lighting of candles and open mic. RCA will be in attendance with members of our team as well as a resource table.
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RCA at Bracebridge Hall
RCA at Bracebridge Hall is participating in an event with Cecil County Voices of Hope all-day event starting at 8:00 A.M. August 31 at 129 E. Main St. Elkton, MD 21921. There’ll be a prayer breakfast in the morning, memorial wall in the afternoon, and a candlelight vigil in the evening. Contact Nicola Barteau Executive Director, Voices of Hope, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-206-6268 with any questions.
RCA at Lighthouse
RCA at Lighthouse is teaming up with Recovery Force of Atlantic County to bring our community a Day of Remembrance. Names of those who have been affected by overdose that we wish to honor and remember will be submitted and read aloud with the tolling of a bell. There will also be Narcan training offered (the treatment used to temporarily reverse an opioid-induced overdose). This event is on August 31 at 6:00 P.M. on the beach | Newport Avenue and the Boardwalk, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Contact Robert Catalano President CEO, Recovery Force Atlantic County at email@example.com with any questions.
RCA at Lighthouse is also participating in an event with CARES, Cape May Regional Medical Center on Thursday, August 30 at 5:00 P.M. at Lighthouse Church, 1248 Rt. 9, Cape May Courthouse. Contact Ashley Fritz at AshleyFritz1777@gmail.com or 609-972-3538 with any questions.
Community is a vital element in the fight against addiction as well as in the journey of recovery. We need individuals and families with experience in the fight against addiction to share their experience, strength and hope with others. RCA is dedicated to working with other members of our community as we continue to learn, raise awareness and take a stand – united against addiction. Please contact any of the contacts listed above for more information on these events. We look forward to seeing you there.