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International Overdose Awareness Day marked by River Valley Organizing in East Liverpool

Community Came Together to Raise Awareness and Remember Loved Ones

(East Liverpool, OH) - River Valley Organizing marked International Overdose Awareness Day with two community events on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The events helped raise awareness, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, remember those who have died, and stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

“We’re very happy with the fellowship that was created on Saturday,” said event organizer Thomas Powell, “Despite the heat, we had a very good turnout and many meaningful conversations.”

The event kicked-off with a family-friendly Block Party at the Church of God, 431 Grant St. Attendees enjoyed live music, food, a dunk tank, and more. A Memorial Wall was also present at the event for families to commemorate their loved ones lost to overdose.

“It was really powerful seeing the names of our loved ones on the wall,” said Powell, “it was a good reminder that no community is immune to overdose deaths and we all have to come together to do something about it.”

The second part of the event consisted of an After Party at Finish Line Bar & Grille. A multitude of local artists performed live music across multiple genres for the attendees.

“We’d like to thank the community for all their support in the planning of this event,” said Powell. “From the artists who performed, to the supporters who donated to the basket raffle, and to those who attended, it wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

River Valley Organizing joined communities across the world in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. There were almost 600 IOAD events of all kinds, held in 25 countries. 

To stay up-to-date on River Valley Organizing’s events and initiatives, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/RiverValleyOrganizing.

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ABOUT RIVER VALLEY ORGANIZING: River Valley Organizing  is comprised of leaders committed to restorative and transformative solutions for public health and justice that DEFY the isolation of incarceration, the impacts of racialized drug policies, the desolation of environmental degradation, and violent policing; empowering and strengthening the health and morale for ALL! They are creating a multi-racial, multicultural working class organization that radically builds community outside of existing institutions and exclusively centers the leadership of affected members to build community power.