GRAAB plans Overdose Awareness Day

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Posted 8/13/17

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The G.R.A.A.B. Coalition has events schedule to show their support.

The G.R.A.A.B. Coalition — also known as Going Respectfully Against …

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GRAAB plans Overdose Awareness Day

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Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The G.R.A.A.B. Coalition has events schedule to show their support.

The G.R.A.A.B. Coalition — also known as Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors Coalition —will be hosting Art for Awareness and an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 31, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 7 p.m.

Tennessee Department of Health data shows 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015. This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.

International Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in the community. Overdose is preventable and knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose does save lives. Overdose Day events that aim to educate our communities about substance abuse can help.

The Art for Awareness event will allow the general public to share their vision for the future, by helping break the stigma related to substance abuse. Members of the community are encouraged to submit a message of hope to others.

The community will also have access to information on the signs of substance abuse and overdose awareness for a variety of substances. Brochures, pamphlets and flyers are just a sampling of what we will have on hand for you to take home.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. The event will help you understand how overdose affects everyone and how you can make a difference.

Stop by to pick up information, drop in to share your art work or create your own. Art supplies will be limited but donations will gladly be accepted.

The mission of the G.R.A.A.B. Coalition is to bring together concerned members and service providers of the community to facilitate lowering the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as other addictive behaviors in Bradley and Polk counties, by providing effective education, recovery, and support for youth, families and the community.

For more information on this event and other GRAAB programming or volunteer opportunities available from the GRAAB Coalition, please call us at 423-805-3367 or info@graabcoalition.com. Visit our website for regular updates, www.graabcoalition.com or visit us on Facebook (G.R.A.A.B. Coalition).

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