International Overdose Awareness Day Press Conference - 8/31/18
Friday, August 31st was International Overdose Awareness Day, and the City of Pittsburgh, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Health Department, IRETA, Allies for Health, and partners from across the region hosted an event on the City-County Building portico honoring those who have survived an overdose and those who have revived people.
During the event, speakers shared their stories, organizations provided resources and information, and naloxone training and kits were available for free to those interested. The event was emceed by Sara Innamorato, with speakers including Alice Bell (Prevention Point Pittsburgh), Stacie Brown (ONALA Club), Jordan Coughlen (The Open Door), Eric Hulsey (Allegheny County Department of Human Services), Raina Lewis (Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, COPE Program), and Simon Taxel (crew chief of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS).
This event was an opportunity for the community to learn how they can support efforts to combat the opioid overdose crisis, promote harm reduction, and reduce stigma in care to those with substance use disorders.
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