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Posted on: August 17, 2023

Media Release General Health Information – August 17, 2023

Media Release General Health Information – August 17, 2023 

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General Health Information  

Phone: 704-216-8884 


International Overdose Awareness Day: August 31st 

International Overdose Awareness Day (IODA) is observed annually on August 31stit is a campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have passed and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind.  

Overdose touches people and communities in many ways. Last year, Rowan County had 89 overdose deaths that impacted the community.  

With our theme for 2023, “Recognizing those people who go unseen”, we honor the people whose lives have been altered by overdose. They are the family and friends grieving the loss of a loved one; workers in healthcare and support services who extend strength and compassion; or spontaneous first responders who selflessly assume the role of lifesaver.  

This year on August 31stlet's acknowledge and support the people in our communities who go unrecognized by raising awareness of the hidden impacts of overdose and promoting education of overdose response.  

Rowan County Public Health’s HOPE team is hosting a Substance Use Resource Fair and Candlelight Vigil 


August 31st, 5:00pm-7:30pm 



Salisbury Civic Center: 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave S, Salisbury, NC 28144 



5pm – 7pm: Dr. Steven Lloyd - virtual presentation and resource fair.  

7:00 – 7:30pm: Rev. Heather Bachelder, pastor of Wittenberg Lutheran Church (ELCA), Candlelight Vigil. 


We hope to see you there, for our night of tribute and support.  



Hayley Edwards 


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