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International Overdose Awareness Day

To our Alumni, 

We hope this newsletter finds you well and thriving in your recovery journey. As August comes to a close, we want to take a moment to highlight the upcoming International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. This significant day serves as a reminder of the lives lost to drug overdose and the importance of spreading awareness and prevention.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma associated with drug-related deaths, and advocate for evidence-based overdose prevention strategies. It is a day for remembrance and action, where we come together to honor those we have lost to substance use disorders and support those in our community who are still struggling.

At Gateway Foundation, we recognize the impact of overdose and the urgency to address it. Our collaborative efforts with medical professionals, recovery advocates, and our alumni have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of those affected by addiction. We stand united with individuals and organizations worldwide to drive change and promote a world where everyone has access to effective overdose prevention and treatment.

We want to express our gratitude to our alumni who have embarked on the journey of recovery and become advocates for change. Your stories and resilience inspire us every day. Together, we can make a difference and work towards a world free from the devastating impact of overdose.

Wishing you strength, hope, and ongoing success in your recovery journey.

Shane Hassler
Program Director, Digital Services

Emergency Response for Opioid Overdose

Emergency Response for Opioid Overdose

The number of deaths due to opioid and opiate overdose is on the rise in the United States. Opioids can include potent prescription painkillers like oxycodone, tramadol, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid overdose was responsible for almost 645,000 deaths between 1999 and 2021. In 2021, opioids were involved in around 75% of drug overdose fatalities. Therefore, it is crucial to familiarize oneself with the symptoms of opioid overdose and what steps to take in case of an incident.

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August 2023 Alumni Newsletter

International Overdose Awareness Day Events

Join the Village of New Lenox and its Safe Community Coalition at their annual “Your Light Still Shines” event, which is being held in support of International Overdose Awareness Day. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the opioid epidemic, substance use disorders, and what can be done to save lives.  In addition, individuals that died from drug overdose will be remembered and resources will be provided to families that have been impacted.  

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Please join the McHenry County Outreach Program to remember those who have lost their lives due to a substance-related passing. Help raise awareness about the Overdose Epidemic and the fight to prevent it. There will be speakers, a food truck, resource tables, Naloxone training, and the band – The Broken Robots!

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The West Side Heroin/Opioid Task Force educates the public on the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The Task Force employs outreach workers who distribute Narcan kits and Fentanyl strips to residents to equip them with Narcan/Naloxone to prevent overdoses. Other resources such as housing information, work/career connections, and treatment options are also given to communities to improve socio-economic situations.

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