International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD)

Observed on the 31st of August each year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change to reduce the harms associated with drug use.

The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) invites the Knox County community to come together on Monday, August 31st to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose and support families who have lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.

The event will take place on the lawn at 501 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, beginning at 7:30 pm. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing. Information will be provided about Narcan training, free Deterra Drug Deactivation bags will be available, and participants can take home KSAAT's Resource Toolkit that provides resources available in Knox County.  The event will conclude with the Rastin Tower, footbridge and viaduct being illuminated in purple to symbolize awareness of overdose and its effects. Family members who have lost a loved one are welcome to bring photos.

By holding an event each year, Knox County is a global movement for understanding, compassion, and change.

“We encourage all members of the community to come to our event and stand together with the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children who have been personally affected by overdose and substance use disorder,” said Tina Cockrell, Program Coordinator, Knox Substance Abuse Action Team. KSAAT thanks the Freedom Center, Hospice of Knox County, Knox Community Hospital, and Riverside Recovery for their community partnership. We are all a part of the solution.