Bloomington Community Members Gather at Monroe County Courthouse to Commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day

Staff report

Bloomington, Ind. — August 31, 2023

Community members came together at the Monroe County Courthouse Thursday evening to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. The event, observed globally on August 31st each year, serves as a reminder of the devastating impact of drug overdoses and seeks to promote strategies for their prevention.

Candles were lit to honor the memory of those whose lives were cut short by drug overdoses. The names of these individuals were spoken aloud and their stories were shared.

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to engage communities, governments, healthcare professionals, and individuals in open dialogues and activities aimed at addressing the complex issues surrounding substance abuse.

An emphasis was placed on the importance of quick access to emergency medical assistance and the administration of naloxone—a medication capable of reversing the effects of opioid overdose.

The event highlighted the significance of harm reduction initiatives, including the distribution of naloxone and the availability of addiction treatment and support services. These measures are seen as essential components in combating the rising tide of overdose-related fatalities.

International Overdose Awareness Day provides a platform for individuals to share their personal stories and experiences, offering a means to express grief, remember lost loved ones, and join forces in the battle against drug overdoses.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 31: Community members gather at Monroe County Courthouse during International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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