The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County report that a video has been released on behalf of Plymouth County Outreach to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, which was Tuesday, Aug. 31.
The video, which can be viewed here, features a group of mothers who have lost children to a fatal overdose who share their stories and the stories of those they have lost. PCO Operations Supervisor Hannah Panteleos coordinated this effort, working with the parents and Chris Dolan from Beyond the Flock Media to make this a meaningful project and bring awareness to the impact of the opioid epidemic.
“We hope this video reduces the stigma around substance use, honors those we have lost, and encourages those who are struggling to reach out for help,” said Plymouth County Outreach Program Director Vicky Butler. “We thank all who participated in this project for having the courage to come forward.”
International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Nearly 841,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose.
Plymouth County Outreach believes that every fatal overdose is one too many. Anyone who is (or knows someone who is) struggling with substance use disorder, can reach out to Plymouth County Outreach at 508-830-4218 ext. 261 or visit the Connect page on the PCO website here.