Longmont, Boulder Events to Raise Awareness of Drug Overdoses
In Boulder County, where drug overdose deaths have increased in recent years, events in Longmont and Boulder are set to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day next Wednesday.
The last day of August was officially declared Colorado Overdose Awareness Day three years ago by Gov. John Hickenlooper in conjunction with the international recognition.
The public this year is invited to wear black at two local events and “stand in solidarity with those who have been affected by overdose” to “help the community understand the profound impact fatal overdose is having on our society.”
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Longmont Safety and Justice Center, 225 Kimbark St., representatives from Longmont Fire, Police and Emergency Management, Mental Health Partners and iTHRIVE — an early intervention program for teens — are expected to speak.
From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., representatives from the Boulder Police Department, Mental Health Partners, iTHRIVE and the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office are expected to speak.
Information on overdose awareness and prevention training will be provided at the events, and members of the public can get connected to support groups for those who have lost loved ones to overdoses.
Additionally, the Boulder County website lists locations that host drug overdose training and pharmacies that carry a drug used to reverse overdoses.
At least 899 Colorado deaths in 2014 were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and of those, 45 were attributed to accidental poisoning in Boulder County, a number that includes overdoses.
According to the CDC, opioid pain reliever and heroin overdose deaths nationwide spiked to record levels in 2014, increasing 14 percent in one year. Since 2000, more than a half million Americans died from drug overdoses.
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