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Who We Are

SLO Overdose Awareness Day is commemorated each year on August 31st. This free event is an opportunity for our community to come together to learn more about overdose and how to prevent it, to remember those whose lives have been lost to overdose, and to act together to end the stigma.

Statistics

Drug-Related
Deaths on the Rise

North America continues to experience the highest drug-related mortality rate in the world, accounting for one in four drug-related deaths globally.

123 Lost to
Overdose

In 2021, SLO County lost 123 residents to overdose, a 40% increase from 2020 (88 deaths) and a 132% increase from 2019 (53 deaths).

3 out of 4
Involved Opioids

Three out of four overdoses in 2021 involved opioids.

Our Annual Event

SLO Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2023

SLO Overdose Awareness Day is a FREE event held each year on, or near, August 31st at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo. This annual event for learning and remembrance is for anyone affected by overdose or substance use and for those who wish to learn more about the issue.

Resource Fair

We host a resource fair with over a dozen local agencies participating. Several of these agencies provide free trainings in using naloxone (brand name Narcan), the overdose reversal drug, and offer it free to participants.

Create A Memorial For Your Loved One

We create opportunities for you to remember your loved ones with a lawn flag memorial, rock painting, and with a photo display.

Candle-Lighting Ceremony

We close the evening with a ceremony presented by Hospice of SLO County with the Threshold Singers, poetry, and a candle-lighting ceremony to remember and honor loved ones lost to overdose and those affected by it.

Everyone is welcome!