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Public Invited to View Photo Display Commemorating Montgomery County Lives Lost to Overdose; September is National Recovery Month

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 11, 2020

The public is invited to view a Recovery Month visual memorial in Rockville which calls attention to Montgomery County residents who died after overdosing. The display was organized by S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss), a group of parents who have lost children to overdose and addiction and replaces the annual International Overdose Awareness Day event usually held in late August. In addition to memorial photos, the display includes a section, Voices for Recovery, which includes short writings which focus on the “ups and downs of their respective journeys.”  Additional panels provide information on treatment and recovery resources, as well as information about Naloxone training held (virtually) by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.            

In June there were 12 overdose deaths in Montgomery County and 245 nonfatal opioid related overdoses. In addition, 39 lives were saved by administering Naloxone.

The visual memorial is located at the County’s Justice Plaza, located between the Executive Office Building and the Montgomery County Circuit Court and items will be on display for the public through the end of September, National Recovery Month.

Online registration for the free virtual Naloxone training on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. is available. For more information about resources and services the County offers, visit www.KnowTheRisksMC.org.

For more information on S.O.U.L. visit www.survivingourultimateloss.org

Put the “count” in Montgomery County! Be sure to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. It’s safe, confidential, easy, and important. #2020Census #EveryoneCountsMCMD 

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Release ID: 20-496
Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6507