COLUMBUS—State Senator Matt Dolan
(R-Chagrin Falls) today announced that Ohio will observe the second annual Ohio Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31st, an effort championed by Dolan in Senate Bill 30, which became law over a year ago.
Ohio Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness, support communities in the fight against drug addiction and remember the loved ones lost to the epidemic. Overdose Awareness Day marks the importance of understanding the ongoing battle with the opioid epidemic that has touched every Ohio neighborhood.
“I am proud that the passage of my bill, SB 30, created this official designation and has led to increased awareness surrounding addiction, overdose, and the resources available for those struggling with addiction,” said Dolan.
In line with SB 30, Ohio will display all state flags at public institutions at half-mast in remembrance of the lives lost to the epidemic. Additionally, many local communities are holding various events and ceremonies in recognition of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day.
Ohio’s Overdose Awareness Day is appropriately followed by National Recovery Month, observed each September, to celebrate individuals in recovery and highlight the importance of substance use treatments and mental health services.
In the last several years, the Ohio Senate has made significant investments to support Ohioans struggling with substance use and mental health disorders by expanding recovery housing, investing in wrap-around services for K-12 students and increasing county crisis stabilization services.
RecoveryOhio this week announced the creation of Naloxone.Ohio.gov
, a new resource that provides Ohioans with a simplified process for obtaining free naloxone, a life-saving drug used to reverse an opioid overdose.
To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit recoveryohio.gov
. If you or a loved one need help, please call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.