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International Overdose Awareness Day is really about setting the record straight. Too many Americans are unmoved by the fact that the equivalent of a jet airliner crashing everyday is happening among everyday people like them. People are dying in every neighborhood in every city of every county in all 50 of the United States of America. Lives with incredible promise cut short and lives with incredible promise left behind. We need to tell the story behind the tragedies.
This day is also about providing an opportunity for those who lost a loved-one to be able to grieve out loud and among others who were forced to bury the person they loved and silenced by a misplaced shame. Recovery Force is home to those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic and we welcome any new person or family who wants to be a part of our mission.
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International Overdose Awareness Day in South Jersey will involve two distinct events to address the needs described above, and awareness event and a remembrance event.
The first event is a FED UP Rally linked with other communities across the country demanding a stronger response to the epidemic. At this event, we will have local resources available in the treatment and services industry, Narcan Training, disposable medication bags and a lot of information about how to remain safe, We will hear testimonies. We will learn about plans. We will also tell the story of a greedy industry that held the American people hostage as an epidemic surged and continues to surge. The greatest public heath crisis of our time is a man-made epidemic that made millions of dollars for a few and caused death and sorrow for the masses. Overdose Awareness is to set the record straight and expose the truth in order to restore dignity to the people and families that fell victim to the greed of pharmaceutical companies, many doctors and pharmacies. You will understand why the opioid is unlike any other addictive substance and why there was no choice in continuing down a path of destruction. You will learn about the inability of healthcare to treat this condition and understand the insanity of punishing people for whom that flawed system does not work. You will learn about what medication assisted treatment really is so that more can make their decisions without the influence of social judgement based on misinformation. For those that have been affected, we must clear their names together and restore their reputations. The stigma is deadlier than the drugs themselves. Please attend so that you may hear this truth, corroborate it and repeat it. You will see pictures of those we lost at this event. This is our awareness event for the day, tentatively scheduled to be held in O'Donnell Park on Albany and Atlantic Avenues in Atlantic City, from 11am - 5pm.
The second event is the annual Remembrance Vigil that pays tribute to the lives lost to overdose. At this event you will experience a focus on the greatness of those lost and the tragedy experienced by family members. The awareness of the aftermath of an overdose death is very important in having a truly informed public. The astronomical number of casualties is one thing by itself, but the aftermath is an untold story that must be told. Grandparents become parents again, Aunts and Uncles become Mom and Dad to their siblings children, Parents long for a way to reconcile a child that was never supposed to leave first and the harsh conditions of the stigma in preventing peace. In order to create the accepting community we seek we must share what it has been like and will be like. For families this event is a wonderful tribute to the life they lost and an opportunity to openly express what a stigma has halted. The name of each person lost will be announced and remembered. This event is tentatively planned at Newport Avenue and the Beach in Ventnor, from 6-8 pm
Both events are free to the public.