Spot­light to re­duce stigma

Mont­gomery County ob­serves In­ter­na­tional Over­dose Aware­ness Day

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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.

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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.

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Mont­gomery County of­fi­cials and ad­vo­cates ob­served In­ter­na­tional Over­dose Aware­ness Day, Aug. 31.

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