Cannon County participates in International Overdose Awareness Day

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Coalition members participating in International Overdose Awareness Day were, from left, Glenn Steakley, Pam Steakley and Thane McCardle.

On Saturday, August 31st the Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, along with other concerned citizens, gathered to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. By holding this event, Cannon County joined the global movement for a discussion of a better understanding of substance overdoses, prevention and how to reduce the stigma associated with substance overdoses.

Flyers were posted and purple balloons were put up around the square to bring awareness of our loved ones that have lost their lives and those that struggle with substance abuse in our community. Recovery is possible for those that reach out.

Local health officials have confirmed 22 overdoses this year alone in Cannon County. While only 4 deaths have been confirmed, it is difficult to know exactly how many deaths there have actually been due to most patients being transferred to a higher level of health care during treatment. Also factored in are deaths that are reported as other reasons, such as a death or fatal automobile accident that may not be recorded as an overdose death.

One of the best ways to help reduce overdoses of our loved ones in the community is to join an anti-drug coalition. The goal of local coalitions is to help build a safer, healthier, drug-free community by mobilizing local educators, business owners, law enforcement and any concerned citizens.

If you want to find out more about how your efforts can improve our community or wish to join the CCSAPC call 615-542-8443, e-mail to cannoncoalition@g.mail,com or visit the Facebook page at cannoncoalition.

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