EASTON — A Mid-Shore Overdose Awareness Day event is set from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Christ Church in Easton.

Cities and towns across the globe have events scheduled for this international observance, which recognizes those who have died from overdoses and spreads the message that overdose deaths are preventable. Attending offers a way to stand together and remember those who have been lost. The global events also help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

This year’s event will be held at Christ Church in Easton and will include organizations from across the Mid-Shore with information about resources across our community. The event also will include drug take-back with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Narcan trainings with the Talbot County Health Department and a memorial service for those who have been lost to overdoses at 5 p.m.

There also will be music by Bruce Strazza and Alive at Five, free food from Mollye Merideth Catering and family activities such as face painting.

Sherry Collier, founder of Mid-Shore Restoring Hope in Women Inc., a local nonprofit organization that supports women in need of recovery services, is organizing the local event for the second straight year.

“When I started this fight against addiction with my son, no one wanted to hear or talk about the opioid epidemic,” Collier said. “We’ve made great strides since then, and this event is aimed at awareness around preventing more deaths and reducing the stigma of overdoses and addiction.”

For information on the event or to include a photo in the memorial service, email Collier at hopeinwomen13@gmail.com.

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