Spotlight to reduce stigma
Montgomery County observes International Overdose Awareness Day
NORRISTOWN » Montgomery County officials and members of the Montgomery County Overdose Task Force gathered Friday, Aug. 31 on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, an annual to raise awareness of overdose deaths and to reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and substance use disorder.
Montgomery County alone experienced 245 drug-related deaths in 2017. However, Montgomery County Coroner’s data shows that the county has not had a significant increase in drug overdose deaths during a two-year period. While other counties surrounding Montgomery County are still experiencing significant increases in drug overdose deaths, Montgomery County has had a 1.6 percent decrease in deaths between 2016 and 2017.
Montgomery County Commissioner Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh speaks at the Montgomery County Courthouse on International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2018. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele (left) and Commissioner Vice Chair Ken Lawrence, Jr. (right) along with other county officials and advocates joined on the steps of the courthouse wearing silver for the day.
Montgomery County officials and advocates observed International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31.