Governor Lamont Declares Tuesday as Overdose Awareness Day in Connecticut
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed a proclamation declaring Tuesday, August 31, 2021, as Overdose Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the nationwide problem surrounding opioid overdoses. At the request of the governor, a flag commemorating the day of awareness will be flown on the dome of the State Capitol building throughout the day.
“It is well past the time that we, as a society, break down the stigma related to opioid addiction and acknowledge that it is an illness that can impact anyone from any neighborhood, any socioeconomic background, and any age,” Governor Lamont said. “Addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a true public health emergency. We have an incredible network of providers in Connecticut that have treatment options and resources available to anyone who needs it, whether you have a loved one who is facing this illness or if you are looking for help for yourself. The more we talk about this issue out loud, the more we can reduce the stigma surrounding it and let people know that treatment is available and those facing this illness should not lose hope.”
“The opioid epidemic has an impact on everyone in our society,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “It is a critical issue that we are facing in Connecticut and throughout the country. The State of Connecticut continues its dedication to finding new ways to combat opioid addiction. Today, and every day, we will be diligent in providing our citizens the necessary resources and support so we can fight the stigma of addiction and end this crisis.”
To connect with resources that provide valuable information on opioid use disorder in Connecticut, visit www.liveloud.org or call 1-800-563-4086 any time, day or night.
State of Connecticut
By His Excellency Ned Lamont, Governor:
An Official Statement
WHEREAS, today we join families, advocates, friends, non-profits, mentors, lawmakers, hospitals and healthcare providers in recognizing an annual global event held each year to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and acknowledge the grief felt by so many; and
WHEREAS, Connecticut residents are more likely to die from unintentional drug overdose than a motor vehicle accident. The majority of these deaths are linked to overdose of prescription opioid painkillers and illicit opioids; and
WHEREAS, the stigma of addiction can be a barrier to preventing someone who is in need from seeking help and has been an epidemic that has uprooted the lives of people from all socio-economic backgrounds, races, and ages; and
WHEREAS, together we can stop the stigma. Addiction is a disease, and like any disease, treatment can help. With patience and support, there are resources and treatment options available no matter what stage individuals find themselves. Recovery is possible; now
THEREFORE, I, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, in memory of the countless lives lost and those we can help save together, do hereby officially proclaim August 31, 2021 as
OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY