County Executive McMahon Announces “Overdose Awareness Day”

Onondaga County to observe on August 31st

Syracuse, N.Y. – Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that Onondaga County will observe “Overdose Awareness Day” on Monday, August 31st, 2020.

International Overdose Awareness Day, which will also be observed on August 31st, will bring local communities around the world together to remember those who have passed away or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.

County Executive McMahon said, “Overdose Awareness Day is an important opportunity for our community to come together and have a better understanding of the effects of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and help create change that reduces the drug use in our community.” McMahon continued, “This is a very serious and devastating problem for too many and Onondaga County remains committed, more than ever, to doing everything we can help those in need.”

Drive-thru event

In our community, the Onondaga County Health Department has partnered with Prevention Network and the Healing Hearts Collaborative for an Overdose Awareness Day event on Monday, August 31st. There will be drive-thru naloxone training, medication disposal bags, give away items, educational material and more. The event will take place in the Prevention Network parking lot at 906 Spencer Street, Syracuse New York 13204 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required, you can do so at: https://bit.ly/3htbecN. All COVID-19 regulations and guidelines will be observed.

Addressing opioid overdose continues to be an urgent public health priority and making potentially lifesaving treatments more readily available is an important way to address this crisis. Naloxone remains the most powerful tool in preventing opioid overdose deaths. Naloxone is a safe medication that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. This is a vital component of the three-pronged approach taken by the Onondaga County Drug Task Force to address the opioid epidemic, including the following:

  1. Preventing substance use disorders by ensuring safe drug disposal, implementing appropriate prescribing practices, increasing community awareness of the opioid crisis, and reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders.
  2. Treating substance use disorders by providing timely access to treatment and recovery options, and appropriate linkages to follow-up care.
  3. Reversing opioid overdoses by reducing the number of fatal overdoses through the effective use of naloxone, and ensuring long-term support for recovery.

Each strategy requires a commitment from stakeholders and partners, including you! If you are unable to attend the event on August 31st and would like to schedule a virtual naloxone training please call the Onondaga County Health Department at 315.435.3280 or visit www.ongov.net/health/opioids/NaloxoneTraining.html to see available training options community-wide.