New Bedford Officials to Commemorate Overdose Awareness Day
NEW BEDFORD — The city of New Bedford and the Greater New Bedford Opioid Task Force are hosting a commemoration event on Wednesday, Aug. 31 for International Overdose Awareness Day.
Officials stated in a release that the event will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, starting with a speaking program on the steps of City Hall at 133 William St.
A procession to Custom House Square will follow, ending with a vigil in the square.
According to the release, resources will be made available at the event for anyone struggling with substance abuse, or their families and loved ones.
Mayor Jon Mitchell and other officials — including elected officials and civic, public safety, and public health leaders — will be speaking during the commemoration.
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce the stigma around drug-related deaths and raise awareness of overdoses.
The event also acknowledges the grief of families and friends of those who have died or suffered permanent harm due to drug overdoses.
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