Nonprofits to mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Moffat County |

Nonprofits to mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Moffat County

Craig Press staff report

Many of today's most addictive drugs are not being sold by drug dealers on street corners but can be found in almost every home inside the medicine cabinet.

CRAIG — A special event is being planned to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about drug-related deaths, remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury because of drug overdose, and stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

In partnership with Communities That Care, Memorial Regional Health, Northwest Colorado Health, and the Health Partnership, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is observing International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, Aug. 31, by inviting community members to come to the courthouse lawn and place a handprint signifying they've been affected by overdose.

"If people want to help raise awareness and fight the stigma surrounding overdose, they can attend our event anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to place a handprint showing they've been affected by overdose and pick up educational materials or talk to knowledgeable volunteers about local prevention resources," said Karli Bockelman, tri-county program director of Grand Futures. "Come out, bring your friends, and help achieve change in Moffat County. If you can't make it out to the courthouse, you can help raise awareness and destigmatize overdose and addiction through social media by posting about how you've been affected or why you support the cause and using the hashtags #OverdoseAware and #EndOverdose."

Grand Futures is also working with schools in the community to give youth the opportunity to place their handprints during the school day, and several schools have chosen to share the Not Prescribed curriculum with students during health classes. Not Prescribed, created by Rise Above Colorado, is a classroom-based lesson empowering teens with the science and stories to understand the risks of misusing prescription drugs and the skills to rise above.

"No community is immune to overdose, but taking a hardline approach and treating drug use as a moral failing won't help people at risk," said Amanda Ott, Communities That Care facilitator. "We need to treat drug-related harm as a health issue and invest in proven practices that can save lives."

If you go

What: Moffat County International Overdose Awareness Day

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Where: Moffat County Courthouse Lawn, 221 W. Victory Way