Overdose Awareness Day
Did you know Governor Tim Walz proclaimed August 31st to be Overdose Awareness Day? Mayor Marv Calvin of Willmar, MN, and Jon Hawkinson of Oliva, MN, have also issued proclamations in their respective cities. The proclamations bring awareness to the dangers and risks of drug use, support the loved ones of those lost to overdose, and foster support of policies and projects in the areas of prevention. Together, we can make a difference throughout West Central Minnesota and across our nation. The United Way supports these proclamations and joins with our leaders to share this crucial message.
Governor Tim Walz's Proclamation on August 31, 2021:
WHEREAS: International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized on August 31 to raise awareness about the dangers and risks of drugs use and overdose; remember those individuals who lost their lives to an overdose; acknowledge the grief felt by families, friends, and communities; and offer support to those fighting substance use disorder; and
WHEREAS: Overdose Awareness Day aims to publicly challenge the stigma associated with substance use disorders and overdoses; and
WHEREAS: In 2020, 1,008 Minnesotans died from a drug overdose, and of those deaths, more than half involved opioids; and
WHEREAS: Every human life deserves our best efforts to prevent injury and death from overdose, and it is imperative to support overdose prevention policies and projects and to educate our Minnesota communities to understand better that drug overdoses are a social issue, which impact the victim, families, friends, and communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TIM WALZ, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, August 31, 2021, as:
OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY
in the State of Minnesota.