International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. BrightView’s Glasgow addiction treatment center is observing the day with a “Care & Carry” community event that includes distributing Narcan (Naloxone) and teaching people how they can use it to reverse overdoses and save lives. Care & Carry will take place at the Courthouse Grounds at the Glasgow Square from 10a – 1p on August 31.
At noon, Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong and Barren County Judge Executive Micheal Hale will officially proclaim September 2021 as “Glasgow/Barren County Addiction Recovery Month” on behalf of the Glasgow Board of Commissioners and Barren County Fiscal Court. The Proclamation cites the need for a “safe celebration for those affected by addiction, those providing support, and honor those we have lost.”
“Preventing overdose deaths is a top concern and we must spread awareness about this issue,” said Christy Sponhouse, Community Outreach Manager “Time and time again, patients tell us that being revived from an overdose was the turning point that led them to seek treatment. The Care & Carry event is a great opportunity for the community to learn about substance use disorder and how they can help friends and neighbors when they need it most.”
The Glasgow Care & Carry event will feature presentations from Jimmy and Mandy Vibbert of Celebrate Recovery and Brandon Riddle. The event will also celebrate wellness, offering $20 Wal-Mart gift cards for HIV and Hepatitis C testing, Covid vaccinations, and community resource booths.
Attendees are asked to wear purple, the official color of International Overdose Awareness Day and September’s National Recovery Month. The Glasgow BrightView center also will place purple flags to recognize 2020’s reported local overdoses.
BrightView provides comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment across more than 40 centers in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and Delaware for people with substance use disorder (SUD). Patients and community partners can call 833-510-HELP (4357) 24-hours per day to schedule an appointment or assessment at any BrightView location. Because effective addiction treatment often requires immediate care, walk-ins are welcome weekdays until 3 pm. For patients suffering from withdrawal, it takes less than 4 hours on average from the time they walk in the door to receive the medication they need, complete their very first counseling session, and begin lasting recovery.