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Audio Transcript: Overdose Awareness in CNY
August is Overdose Awareness Month. The goal is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The Prevention Network of Central New York has a mission to implement and support choices that prevent addictions and also create services that help with the prevention of overdosing.
Ashley Dailey, Family Support Navigator at the network says they have added two new programs.
“We offer refuge recovery which is a Buddhist based support group,” Dailey said. “That focuses on mindfulness and really being present and how to cope with urges. We also offer smart recovery, which is skill building based.”
Dailey said the network is also seeing a new trend of more people coming forward who struggle with addiction.
The network is focused on reducing the stigma associated with addiction. The more people who come forward encourage other people who may be scared to do the same.
“The goal is to save somebody’s life,” Dailey said. “That gives them the opportunity to enter treatment and to recover from substance use.”
The network is holding several events in the coming weeks to promote August being Overdose Awareness Month.
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st. The network along with other local organizations are holding a candlelight vigil at City Hall in memory of those lost to and suffering from substance use disorders.
To help raise awareness, memorize a lost loved one, inspire change and save lives; head over to The National Safety Council.