Massachusetts State of Awareness – #IOAD18

Featuring 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 will stand beside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their losses.

Massachusetts has long been a leader in the fight in responding with evidence based solutions when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Those of us on the front lines have been pivotal key players in bringing about these solutions for many years. Based on our unique and harrowing personal experiences, we have brought forth a movement that many states across the nation are beginning to adopt.

Overdose Awareness Day also 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 August 31 is a chance to show support to our communities and our friends.

For this reason, this year a broad range of 18 Massachusetts advocacy groups from across the state have come together to host one event in Boston on the Common at the Parkman Bandstand. These organizations are working toward representing all of Massachusetts, in an effort to show the country that not only is Massachusetts a “State Without Stigma,” but that we are also the “State of Awareness.”

We realize that we are stronger together and we want to show the world that Boston and Massachusetts is a beacon of hope when it comes to combating this public health crisis.

The event intends to reinforce the idea that no-one need feel shame or disgrace at the death of someone they love from drug overdose.

How to Participate

You can be a part of this event, and we want you to. There are two ways you can get involved. First, you can show up:

Massachusetts State of Awareness
Time: Friday Aug 31, 2018 from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Place: Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street & Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108

But there is something more you could do. Have you lost a loved one to a drug overdose? During the event, we’ll feature projected images of the people we’ve lost. If you would like to contribute a picture to commemorate your loved one, just fill out this brief form and share an image with us. Please send your picture before August 10th, 2018, as that will be the last day we can accept new submissions. Please visit the event’s webpage and contribute an image.