International Overdose Awareness Day to Honor Families

Plus: BayMark acquires New Day, and the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders nears

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Media & Community

International Overdose Awareness Day

Aug. 31 will mark the 20th anniversary of International Overdose Awareness Day, held each year as an initiative of the Pennington Institute, an organization dedicated to creating a healthier world. The day is meant to raise awareness, as well as to honor those lost to drug-related overdoses, reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorder and communicate the message that these tragedies are preventable. It serves as a call to action for anyone who is able to help. Some people wear a silver badge, purple wristband or purple lanyard as a show of support and solidarity.

A number of events will take place worldwide to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, including memorials, social media campaigns, fundraisers and awareness events and presentations. Many of these are offered virtually in addition to in-person. Those who wish to post a tribute to a loved one may do so here, and donations are also accepted.

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BayMark Health Services

BayMark Health Services Acquires New Day Recovery

BayMark Health Services now operates five residential treatment facilities, having recently announced its acquisition of treatment company New Day Recovery, which provides residential and intensive outpatient treatment complemented by medication and counseling services. It’s BayMark’s second acquisition of the year, and the provider anticipates adding more centers by year’s end.

Symposium on Addictive Disorders

The Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders is scheduled to take place Sept. 8-12, with the dates split for two attendance groups. Sixty-five nationally recognized speakers will be in attendance, and there will be more than 55 educational sessions. Industry leaders will cover vital topics relevant to the improvement of addiction support services. The event also will provide attendees with access to clinical education and networking opportunities. Off-site registration (discounted) will close on Sept. 3.