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MOMS UNITED EVENTS






2013 International Overdose Awareness Events

Chicago, Illinois: Overdose Awareness Day Rally and Vigil

Saturday, August 24th, Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, in partnership with 20 other organizations, is hosting the second annual Overdose Awareness Day Rally and Vigil at the Roosevelt University Schaumburg Campus Rotunda, 1400 Roosevelt Blvd, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Each day in the United States, 100 people die from drug overdose.  In Illinois, more people die from overdoses than car accidents.  With knowledge, training and the right tools, overdose is reversible. The event is to honor and remember lost loved ones with a balloon release, demand solutions to the OD crisis, meet others who have been impacted by the crisis and share resources. We want folks from all across the state to come and remember, act and work for a OD-free tomorrow. Every life is precious and every live is worth saving. Learn how to save a life.  To learn more about OD prevention: www.stopoverdoseil.org

San Diego, CA:  International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
Fri. Aug 30, 2013 6:30pm - www.anewpathsite.org
St. Paul’s Cathedral Courtyard – S.D.

Join us for a vigil as we remember and honor individuals who have lost their lives to overdose, and the failed war on drugs. Accidental fatal overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. We encourage sensible solutions such as increased access to overdose reversal medication naloxone and implementing Good Samaritan 911 policies. We are inviting family members to join the Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign. Speakers will include mothers who have lost their children to overdose, individuals who have survived overdose, and family members whose offspring have experienced incarceration for drug use. Community partners include FACTS, NORML, GRASP.


Los Angeles, CA: International Overdose Awareness Day of Performance
Art & Political Action

Aug 31, 2012 10:30am - www.anewpathsite.org The Los Angeles chapter of A New PATH will join with the Drug Policy Alliance, Cri-Help, Inc., Paso Por Paso, Broken-No-More and other organizations to hold a “performance art” happening to prevent accidental overdose.  This action is part of the national Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign. Advocates will meet at Cri-Help, Inc., Socorro Campus near Lincoln Park and walk in a funeral procession to the front of the L.A. County Coroner’s office and onto the steps of the USC Medical Center where we will stage a “Die In” to bring awareness to those lost through accidental overdose. We are demanding greater access to Naloxone and working to eliminate stigma by treating drug overdoses like any other medical emergency.


New York, NY: “Remembering Our Ancestors & Guarding the Lives of
Our Community”

St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction will host an International Overdose Awareness Day luncheon on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 – 1pm. The event will include a Candlelight Vigil. The main message is that each of us is our brother’s keeper and OD response kits save lives. Training to use the kit is a priority and can lower risks associated with injecting as well preventing accidental overdose.


Dallas, Texas: Overdose Prevention Op-Ed and social media campaign

Joy Strickland, Executive Director of Mothers Against Teen Violence will post an article on Huffington Post and promote awareness about overdose awareness through social media.


Newark, Delaware: International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil

Join GRASP and Moms United members as they mourn those lost to overdose, celebrate new hope for the future, educated those at risk, and meet neighbors ad friends in the fight to save lives. A candlelight vigil will be held on 8/31/13 from 8:00:pm to 11:00pm at the corner of Rt 896 and Main Street near the University of Delaware Campus. 


Orlando, Florida: Memorial Service & Candlelight Vigil          

The Florida recovering community, families, the music community and Florida Moms United are stepping up efforts to educate the public about the overdose crisis and to highlight solutions to preventable overdose.  In the Orlando FL area, a ‘Celebration of Life” –a Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil will be held by Maria Salamone  honoring her daughter,  harm reduction advocate Michelle Salamone who died from an accidental overdose May 5th of this year. Memorial from 3-9pm, Candlelight Service at 6pm – 7310 Houston Ave. W, Winter Park, FL 32792 


Sarasota, Florida: Musician’s OD Awareness

On hard-partying Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida local musicians will be wearing purple ribbons for overdose prevention as a gesture to their fallen musical fellows. One particularly painful loss for Allman Brothers scion Berry Duane Oakley is the loss of Allman Brothers Band bass player Allen Woody almost exactly 13 years ago. “I always looked up to him and I know that he was proud of me as I am of him. I was like his little bass playing brother,” said Berry “to loose him so early was a personal tragedy.’ Florida Moms United organizer Julia Negron states:  “100 lives are lost a day to preventable overdose.  Thankfully we have a “good Sam” 911 law in Florida, but I think we can do better; we need to reduce fear and stigma and bring more training and Naloxone to Florida.”


Ann Harbor, Michigan: Overdose Awareness & Greater Access to Naloxone.

Charmie Gholson of Michigan Moms United is writing an opinion article calling for statewide awareness and greater use of Naloxone to prevent accidental overdose. Moms are calling for police to carry this non-narcotic drug that can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives.


Moms United to End the War on Drugs International Overdose Awareness Events – www.momsunited.net.

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil

Aug 31, 2013 7:00pm
San Diego, CA - www.anewpathsite.org
Join us for a vigil as we remember and honor individuals who have lost their lives to overdose, and the the failed war on drugs. Accidental fatal overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. We encourage sensible solutions such as increased access to overdose reversal medication nalozone and implementing Good Samaritan 911 policies. We are inviting family members to join the Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign. Speakers will include mothers who have lost their children to overdose, individuals who have survived overdose, and family members whose offspring have experienced incarceration for drug use. Community partners include FACTS, NORML, GRASP, NAACP, etc.
St. Paul's Cathedral Courtyard
2728 6th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103










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