If you or a loved one needs assistance with treatment for opioid addiction, please call the Addiction Hotline:  1-800-563-4086.   Here are events in our area to remember those who have lost the battle with addiction and to learn how to prevent further death.

Plainville, CT

Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
Date: 8/31/2017 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Connecticut Clearinghouse/Wheeler Clinic
334 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
Contact: Judith Stonger
Phone: 860-793-9791
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Connecticut Clearinghouse is planning two training’s on Naloxone and administration of it. We are also offering a program “Hidden In Plain Sight”. This program demonstrates different ways people/youth can hide ATODs in the simplest places. All throughout the day, the Clearinghouse will also facilitate the Memory Quilt Squares. The Clearinghouse has the blank squares and a varitey of matierals to allow anyone to come and make a memorial square to honor someone who passed away from overdose. These squares are collected and sewn together with squares from across the state to make one large quilt.

Hartford, CT

Event: GHHRC Opioid Overdose Prevention Training at Hartford Public Library #IOAD
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 HPL Downtown Branch 10am, 12pm, HPL Albany Branch 5pm, 7pm EDT
Location: Hartford Public Library Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street, Hartford: 10:00am, 12:00pm
Hartford Public Library Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Hartford: 5:00pm, 7:00pm
Contact: GHHRC
Phone: 860.856.1815
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In response to an increased demand and in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, GHHRC is offering multiple Opioid Overdose Prevention Training sessions on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in collaboration with Hartford Public Library (HPL).
This training is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and the majority of those deaths are from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin. Naloxone is a safe, effective medication that, when given in time, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has saved thousands of lives. If you or a loved one uses opioids, legal or illicit, you need this training!

All attendees will receive instruction on how to recognize the signs of overdose, what to do and what not to do in an overdose situation, how to administer Naloxone, and proper follow up procedures.

Naloxone Overdose Prevention Kits will be provided after training. Please bring medical insurance card (including Medicaid / Husky) and applicable prescription co-pay for pharmacist. Limited number of kits provided at no charge by GHHRC for the uninsured, while supplies last.

Website & Social Media: http://ghhrc.org http://twitter.com/ghhrc http://facebook.com/ghhrc

Hartford, CT

Event: Honoring Loved Ones Lost to Overdose
Date: August 31, 2017 5:30pm
Location: Connecticut State Capital Building
210 Capital Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Contact: Sarah Howroyd
Phone: 860.682.2244
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Please join us on August 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to honor loved ones lost or seriously injured from opioid-related overdose on International Overdose Awareness Day. We will stand in solidarity on the front steps of the state capital to display the immense importance of our loved ones lost.

We ask willing participants to create sign(s) with picture(s) of their loved ones. Our goal is to showcase the brevity of this crisis, break stigma, and unite together to show support and let people know they are not alone.

More needs to be done on every level pertaining to the opioid crisis, and this display will help solidify that fact. We will take time to honor those lost or seriously injured, and address the need for more to be done as well.

Please only RSVP yes if you intend on coming. As we will need an accurate count of participants! Thank you, and any questions can be directed via email to Sarah at: or Jen at: ! #OverdoseAware2017 #OpioidCrisis