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3rd Annual Overdose Awareness Day Event

Press Release, August 21, 2016

Overdose Lifeline to host 3rd annual International Overdose Awareness Day and Remembrance – Naloxone (Narcan) Training & Distribution available for those in need

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the third year in a row, Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODL) will host an annual International Overdose Awareness Day event in Indianapolis at a new location. On Sunday, August 28, the organization will host the event at the White River State Park Pavilion to honor and remember lives lost to addiction while training others in the use of Naloxone to potentially save a life of those still battling addiction.  The program will include special recognition of an individual trained in the use of Naloxone resulting in saving someone’s life this summer.

Training and distribution are possible as a result of Aaron’s Law, signed into effect on April 17, 2015, which allows access for substance users and their families the ability to reverse the effects of an overdose with Naloxone. Aaron’s Law, named in memory of ODL founder Justin Phillips’ son, allows all pharmacies in Indiana to provide Naloxone over the counter without a prescription. Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is registered with the State of Indiana to train and distribute.   

“Overdose Lifeline knows that this overdose reversal should be readily available wherever opioids may be in use. Right now we need this drug as readily available as AED machines and EpiPens®,” say Phillips. “It’s an opportunity to save a life so the person has a chance at recovery.”

Training is required to carry Naloxone and will be provided by ODL and community partners. Training and Naloxone are free to those in attendance. Monetary donations are welcomed and accepted to help ODL further its efforts. The training is open to the public and Naloxone kits will be distributed, following training, on a first come, first served basis. 

Following the training and distribution, families who have lost loved ones to addiction will gather for a pitch-in meal while meeting others who have experienced similar loss.  Guest speakers include Lt. Governor Eric Holcolmb, Aaron’s Law author Senator Jim Merritt, Representatives of Senator Joe Donnelly’s Office and ODL board members. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil.  

Naloxone (Narcan) Training & Distribution
White River State Park Pavilion
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Supplies are limited. First come, first served.

Overdose Awareness Day Picnic & Candlelight Vigil
White River State Park Pavilion

4:30pm – Pitch-in Picnic & Gathering
6:00pm – Program & Speakers including: 

Lt. Governor Eric Holcolmb
Senator Jim Merritt
Brandon Hergett, Senator Joe Donnelly’s Office
Special presentation to a naloxone saver

7:00pm – Remembrance Ceremony & Candlelight Vigil
To learn more, please visit the EVENT PAGE

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