Nashville advocacy and treatment groups hosted a rally and luncheon in observation of International Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday, August 31st.
The event was held from 11AM to 2PM at the Nashville Recovery Center and featured speakers, including Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Dr. Stephen Loyd, Medical Director for Journey Pure.After losing her son to an overdose two years ago, Barry uses the tragedy to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Loyd is a former Assistant State Commissioner of Substance Abuse Services who knows first hand the pain of substance use disorder, having battled an addiction to pain pills, more than a decade ago.
Musical guests included Nashville-based singer, songwriter, musician and producer Nolan Neal, a former contestant on the NBC series The Voice. Singer/Songwriter Mitzi Dawn also performed. Dawn has seen her share of heartache from alcohol and drug misuse and uses her music as a source of strength and hope for others battling addiction.
Narcan training, naloxone kit distribution, and lunch was available for all attendees.
An additional feature of the event was creating the Wall of Remembrance, where individuals added their loved one’s names, photos, and artwork on a wall to be displayed during the vigil. This event served as an opportunity to remember, commemorate, and honor loved ones lost to overdose while spreading awareness about prevention.
This year’s sponsors included: Addiction Campuses, The Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS), Nashville Recovery Center (NRC), Nashville Prevention Partnership, Promises Behavioral Health.
The Nashville Recovery Center hosts a variety of events from sober tailgates, holiday parties, to raves.
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