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Today is International Overdose Awareness Day

Marylanders can find resources at and 800-422-0009

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, held each year on August 31. It is an opportunity for communities to come together to both remember the lives that have been lost to this tragic crisis and raise awareness of resources for those impacted by substance use disorder. Here in Maryland, through the combined efforts of state agencies and local jurisdictions, the Hogan-Rutherford administration is fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic every day.

“Marylanders continue to be affected by the heroin and opioid crisis,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “Today is an opportunity for anyone who has been impacted by this epidemic to join together and remember the lives we’ve lost, those still struggling, and those in recovery.”

Stamp will attend Wicomico County’s “Shatter the Stigma of Addiction” event in Salisbury this evening.

Some of the events being held throughout the state are in:

For more information on International Overdose Awareness Day events, visit the events page of Check with your local health department to see if there is more happening in your community.

Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at and 1-800-422-0009, the state crisis hotline.