Massachusetts State of Awareness – #IOAD18
Was held on Friday Aug 31, 2018 at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston, MA 02108
Featured performance by Daphne Willis.
Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide stand beside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their losses.
Our message is one of hope and inclusiveness by advocating and partnering with all those impacted by the opioid epidemic. We believe that Substance Use Disorder is a medical disease deserving of a medical treatment response and we fight to combat the stigma and discrimination that often comes with having this disease.
Heroin is Killing My Town, Inc. (HIKMT, Inc.) was founded in 2014 and is a Massachusetts registered 501c3 Non-Profit and grassroots volunteer coalition comprised of Peer to Peer Recovery Support and Community Outreach Services. Collectively, our team has 71 years of recovery, a life time of experience. Currently, we represent over 95 thousand Massachusetts and US residents that are impacted by the current heroin, opioid and overdose epidemic.
In 2015, we pushed for policy change on the state level and submitted testimony on April 3rd together with 27 recommendations to the Massachusetts Governor’s Opioid Listening Panel.
Many of the recommendations we made have since been implemented:
- State without stigma campaign;
- Increased detox time to 14 days without prior authorization;
- Real time access to detox beds;
- Several amendments to expand our Section 35 law aka Involuntary Commitment.
Rated in the top 2% for Non-Profits in Massachusetts by Guidestar and hold the 2018 Silver Seal of Transparency!
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Overdose Awareness presents an opportunity to help the wider community understand that drug overdose is a social issue, and no-one is immune to drug harm.
The number of fatalities from overdose is growing and this is our chance to show support to our communities and our friends. For this reason, we need your help!
We ask that you make a commitment to support our organization by making a cash donation, and we sincerely hope that you will be able to contribute. Your generosity will make a difference in our communities by allowing us to continue in our work.