Mid-Shore Overdose Awareness Day event set for August 31 in Easton – Stand together against deaths in our communities

A Mid-Shore Overdose Awareness Day event is set from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Christ Church in Easton.

Cities and towns across the globe have events scheduled for this international observance, which recognizes those who’ve died from overdoses, and spreads the message that overdose deaths are preventable. Attending offers a powerful way to stand together and remember those we’ve lost. The global events also help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death IS preventable.

This year’s event is held at Christ Church in Easton and will include organizations from across the Mid-Shore with information about resources across our community. The event also will include drug take-back with Talbot County Sheriff’s Office; Narcan trainings with the Talbot County Health Department; and a memorial service for those we’ve lost to overdoses, at 5 p.m.

Also planned is music with Bruce Strazza and Alive at Five; free food and fun family activities like face painting.

Sherry Collier, founder of Mid-Shore Restoring Hope in Women, Inc., a local non-profit organization that supports women in need of recovery services, is organizing the local event for the second straight year.

“When I started this fight against addiction with my son, no one wanted to hear or talk about the opioid epidemic,” said Sherry Collier, event organizer. “We’ve made great strides since then and this event is aimed at awareness around preventing more deaths and reducing the stigma of overdoses and addiction.”

For information on the event, or to include a photo in the memorial service, please email Collier at hopeinwomen13@gmail.com.