April 19, 2021
On March 6, across the United States families and loved ones remember and celebrate the lives lost to overdose. This day has become known as Black Balloon Day.
Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths. As with many things with the opioid epidemic, Black Balloon Day began with a family’s loss. Diane and Lauren Hurley began Black Balloon Day in remembrance of Greg Tremblay. Tremblay, a father of four, is the son-in-law of Diane and brother-in-law of Lauren and died of an overdose when he was 38 years old on March 6, 2015.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by a gun. Black Balloon Day helps create awareness around the important issue of providing support to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.
Overdose Lifeline has made a practice to release virtual balloons each year on #BlackBalloonDay and we encourage everyone to do the same. If you wish to participate and share your loved one’s name and/or story this year on March 6, simply follow the steps outlined below.
Share your loved one’s name and/or story or a message of hope and support for others
Release the Virtual Balloon on Social Media on March 6 with the hashtag #BlackBalloonDay and tag @overdoselifeline, so we can share your stories. You can also Submit a Remembrance.
On this day, we wanted to outline the Overdose Lifeline support and resources available for the individual, families, caregivers, and the community to help with the opioid public health crisis.
Naloxone training and distribution for first responders, groups and organizations, and the individual and caregiver. Overdose Lifeline can provide naloxone to first responders, groups and organizations or individuals and caregivers in need.
Monthly support group led by licensed therapist for those who have experienced a loss from an overdose.
Programs and training for businesses, communities, educators, families, groups and organizations, healthcare, law enforcement, professionals in treatment and recovery and more.