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SOMERSET COUNTY HOLDING OVERDOSE AWARENESS EVENT

 

Westover, Md.   September is Recovery Month and the Somerset County Health Department together with the Somerset Emergency Services is hosting an Overdose Awareness Day event on August 31, 2021 from 6pm – 8pm.  The event will take place on the Crisfield City Dock and is free to the public. 

 

The event will feature local vendors offering resources and materials on substance abuse and recovery services. Talk to participating vendors and peer support specialists and get trained on Narcan. Enjoy free food, music, and guest speakers.  Adam Riggin from WCTG will be the evening’s emcee.  The highlight of the event will be the launching of luminated floating lanterns at dusk. Launch a luminaire in honor or in memory of a loved one.  Everyone is urged to show their support for recovery by wearing purple and face coverings are encouraged. 

 

“This event highlights National Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 and kicks off Recovery Month celebrated each September”, says Yvette Cross, Somerset Emergency Services Director. “We want to show the community that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from substance use and mental health disorders and live a healthy and rewarding life” states Shannon Frey, Somerset County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Authority Director.

 

For more information about this event call 410.651.3457.  And follow Somerset Rains Purple on Facebook @SomersetRainsPurple.  Follow the health department on social media on Facebook (@somersethealth), Instagram (somersethealthmd) and Twitter (@somersethdmd). For additional opioid awareness resources visit  unmaskaddiction.org or facebook.com/unmaskaddiction.

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