International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31

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SPHERE is an HIV/AIDS capacity-building project that works with health and human service providers to integrate HIV/viral Hepatitis education and services and harm reduction into their work.

We are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to offer HIV/AIDS statewide capacity-building support to DPH-funded drug and alcohol treatment programs in Massachusetts.

We can come to your DPH-funded drug and alcohol treatment program and provide free training onsite for your staff.  Call us to schedule training (508) 583-2250 x 261 or email

Tomorrow, August 31 is
International Overdose Awareness Day!

Here are some easy ways to mark the day:

Find out if your state has a Good Samaritan law.

Massachusetts has tried several times to pass 911 Good Samaritan Legislation. The proposed law would help save lives in Massachusetts by offering limited immunity against possession charges, making it more likely that overdose witnesses will call 911 for emergency medical help during an overdose.

Fear of police involvement is the #1 reason individuals do not call 911 for help during an overdose.  This bill would help reduce that fear and help people feel confident to call 911 for help.

Other Things You Can Do to Observe International Overdose Awareness Day:

  • Support staff training on Overdose Prevention, call SPHERE to schedule!
  • Support Narcan training, get your staff and clients trained! Contact SPHERE for information on where to get Narcan training.
  • Go to our website and get overdose prevention information:
  • Get a free purple overdose awareness ribbon from the Drug Policy Alliance at:
  • Check out SPHERE’s overdose prevention resources and tools for providers; download them here:

Our Overdose Prevention Services are available all year. For more information, ideas, or technical assistance, contact us:

By phone: 1-800-530-2770 ext 261

By email:

We look forward to hearing from you!


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