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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.

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 - Palace Theater 100 East Main Street, Waterbury CT 06702

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bristol, CT - Brackett Park Bristol, CT 06010

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