FAIRFIELD, CT – Drug overdose caused the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans in 2021 and is now the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, there were 1,531 confirmed overdose deaths in Connecticut in 2021, which represents an increase of 11.4% compared to 2020.*
International Overdose Awareness Day takes place on August 31st every year. People and communities come together to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse.
In Honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Fairfield Health Department, along with Fairfield CARES, and the Fairfield Police Department will be hosting the fifth annual Fairfield International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil. The Vigil will take place on the Fairfield Sherman Town Green on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 at 7:00 pm, in person.
The Vigil is a meaningful place for the community to come together to remember the lives of loved ones lost to an overdose, for those in recovery, for those who know someone who is struggling with the hardship of addiction, and for anyone who would like to support community members or learn more. The Candlelight Vigil will allow us to remember those in our community we have lost to this terrible disease, and to find the strength and support to fight for those we know who are battling with addiction. All are welcome to attend.
During the vigil, there will be a candle-lighting and we encourage attendees to join in. All information from the event, along with additional resources will be available on our website.
Fatal drug overdoses are killing too many people. In 2022, fentanyl was responsible for 86% of the overdose deaths due to the potency of the drug. From 2015 to 2021, there have been 46 drug overdose deaths in the town of Fairfield. These deaths could have been prevented. **
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction it is imperative to seek help in order to prevent further drug overdose deaths. Please visit https://www.fairfieldct.org/Opioids and/or https://www.fairfieldct.org/fairfieldcares for resources on treatment and additional information. Drug addiction can happen to anyone. Helping people that have a drug addiction is the only way to stop overdose deaths.
ABOUT FAIRFIELD CARES
Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, established in 2009, is a town-wide organization of parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations. Fairfield CARES envisions a community that promotes healthy, responsible choices through prevention and education for youth, young adults, and families.
The Fairfield CARES Community Coalition focuses on preventing substance misuse, fostering social and emotional wellness and resilience among youth, young adults, and families. The Coalition builds capacity, mobilizes the Fairfield community, and develops comprehensive strategies to help families make healthy choices that allow youth and young adults to thrive.
Fairfield CARES envisions a community that promotes healthy, responsible choices through prevention and education for youth, young adults, and families.
** Click here for the source information.