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International Overdose Awareness Day

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life.

Connecticut will join in the global observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. This annual event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma associated with drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges the grief felt by family members and friends of those individuals who have died from a drug overdose.

Connecticut Observances

A number of vigils, presentations, programs, and other events have been planned statewide in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day. Please see below for a list of events:

Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Meriden, CT -  Hubbard Park, 999 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451

Recovery for Hope Concert. Family-friendly event with community vendors, naloxone training and interactive games & prizes. Sponsored by: The City of Meriden; Meriden Healthy Youth Coalition; Hartford Healthcare - Rushford.

Sunday, August 29, 2021 - Saturday, September 4, 2021

Durham - Middlefield, CT

The Durham-Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition will share daily social media posts for the week of August 29th to September 4th. A press release will be published and free drug deactivation bags & resources will be available for community members. Resources will also be shared at the local farmers market and in town buildings.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 11:00 AM 

State Capitol Hartford, CT - 210 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106

This event will feature a flag project on the Capitol lawn, representing each person in Connecticut who died of an overdose in 2020. Speakers will include: Lt. Governeor Susan Bysiewicz, state agency Commissioners, as well as people with lived experience. Resources from area agencies and the Change the Script Van will be available.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:00 PM

State Capitol Hartford, CT - 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Today I Matter, Inc., will have a memorial poster project of faces of some of those lost to overdose, a reading of names, candlelight vigil, naloxone training, and support.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:30 PM

New London, CT 06320 - The Garde Art Center 325 State Street, New London, CT 06320

Join New London poet Carol Jones and Pastor Jack Madry along with nationally acclaimed writer David Poses, NLC CARES clinician Catherine Hinojosa, and community member Dr. George Walker for an evening of poetry, art, and discussion on International Overdose Awareness Day. 6:30pm: meet and greet, art show, and information 7-8:30pm: program

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:00 PM

New Britain, CT - Walnut Hill Park 184 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051

New Britain Recovers will have a Light of Hope Lantern Launch, along with resource booths, naloxone distribution, and local agencies and vendors to share resources and offer ways people can receive help if they or a loved one have been impacted by this drug epidemic.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Torrington, CT - Coe Memorial Park 101 Litchfield St, Torrington, CT 06790

Torrington Area Health District will be holding our annual resource fair and vigil at Coe Park from 6:30 -8:00PM. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Waterbury, CT - Virtual Film Screening

Click here to view the flyer for more details.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

New Haven, CT - New Haven Green, 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Enfield, CT - Enfield Congregational, United Church of Christ 1295 Enfield St, Enfield, CT 06082. Prayer vigil to remember those we have lost to overdose.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Fairfield, CT - Sherman Town Green 
Fairfield CARES International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil