From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY AND NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

International Overdose Awareness Day is scheduled for August 31, 2018 and September is National Recovery Month!

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness regarding the tragedy of overdose and also to reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The day also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. The following link will provide you with downloadable resources regarding Overdose Awareness Day: https://www.overdoseday.com/resources/downloadable-resources.

The very next day begins National Recovery Month, held every September to educate the public that substance use disorder treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a productive and healthy lifestyle. Recovery Month celebrates the sentiment that entire communities benefit from prevention efforts, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, and commends people's journey through recovery. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that "behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover". Recovery Month also acknowledges the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to promote their events! Get the Recovery Month toolkit that SAMHSA creates each year to help increase awareness of the power of recovery at https://recoverymonth.gov/recovery-month/promote-recovery-month/recovery-month-toolkit.

Take advantage of the downloadable resource link and toolkit to provide media outreach templates, tips for Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month event planning and community outreach, audience-specific information and resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Due to the local nature of this initiative, we encourage you to utilize the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP and www.helplineIL.org in your promotional materials.

Please post any Overdose Awareness and/or Recovery Month activities and festivities being planned by your agency to the following websites:

https://www.overdoseday.com/register-an-activity/

or https://recoverymonth.gov/events/post-events

If you prefer to notify SUPR directly regarding activities planned, please send notification to Rex Alexander at Rex.Alexander@illinois.gov by Friday, August 17, 2018 in order to update the International Overdose and SAMHSA websites.