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International Overdose Awareness Day 2016: Be Aware, Stay Alive

National Safety Council and a team of Illinois survivor advocates and local grassroots organizations hosted the 2016 Illinois Overdose Awareness Day rally near NSC headquarters in Chicago Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Local organizers for the Chicago rally are National Safety Council, LTM Foundation, Live4Lali, and A Man in Recovery Foundation. National organizer is Fed Up: Rally for a Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic. Sponsors are Gateway Foundation, DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) and the National Safety Council.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness about drug overdose, remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose and recognize the grief experienced by families, friends and loved ones.

NSC and all organizations involved in International Overdose Awareness Day call for an end to our nation's epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs. Please join us.

Memorial Presentation

A memorial presentation, Always in Our Heart, touched the hearts of all who attended the 2016 rally in Chicago. Behind the faces of these beloved people is the reality that drug addiction and overdose can happen to anyone.

Last year, 1,800 people died from drug overdose in Illinois, alone. Most of these deaths involved opioid pain medications or heroin. All were preventable.

Watch the presentation. The rally program can be found here.

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