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After two years of COVID, it was great to return to the lawn of the Denton Courthouse on the square. Thank you to our speakers, to both returning and new resource providers, to the city and county of Denton, to our sponsors, and to the approximately 200+ people who gathered to support overdose awareness. Check out the beautiful photographs from the event below.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 Annually

Addiction is a disease, and overdose deaths took the lives of over 108,000 people in 2021 according to the Center for Disease Control. 108,000 sons, daughters, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends…108,000 preventable deaths.

CDC Link

Follow us on Facebook where you can post pictures and stories of the struggle of substance misuse and overdose. Thank you for your continued support of the cause. An in memoriam donation can be made through this site to honor a loved one.

Courtesy of Silent Stag Production

Our Purpose

  • Unite and educate the community against the opioid epidemic

  • Provide resources and support for individuals and families struggling with addiction

  • Reduce the stigma of overdose and addiction

  • Remember those who have lost their lives to overdose

How it Started

North Texas Overdose Awareness Day

The first North Texas Overdose Awareness Day was held in 2018 as a part of a global network, with the purpose of remembering those lost to overdose, providing valuable information on overdose prevention, and growing community awareness in North Texas.  Held on the lawn at the old courthouse in downtown Denton, Texas,  the event began as a way to honor Randy Roland and the many others lost to drug overdose in the North Texas area.

Part of a Larger Network

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31 each year to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable. It was initiated in 2001 by The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, community members, government, and non-government organizations have held hundreds of events each year all over the world to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose. IOAD is coordinated by the non-profit Australian public health organization, the Penington Institute.

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

How to become a Sponsor

Contact us to become a sponsor. A limited number of $200.00 sponsorships available. Sponsor benefits: resource table guaranteed with a sponsor designation signage, name on event T-shirt, listing on social media and website, listing on Thank You signage at the event, recognition from stage at the event.

Thank You to Our 2022 Resource Providers

Acadia Healthcare

Applegate Recovery

Arise Recovery Centers

BetteRX Safe Than Sorry/WTF

Drug Enforcement Admin. Dallas Division

Denton County Drug Treatment Court

Denton County Juvenile Mental Health Court, The SOAR Program

Denton County Public Health

Denton Freedom House

Denton Independent School District

Denton MHMR Center

Denton Police Department Mental Health Division

Denton Vote Group & League of Women Voters

Denton Wesley Foundation

DFW Chapter FAC Fentanyl Awareness Coalition

 

158th Dist. Court Judge Steve Burgess and Family

Emergent Biosolutions

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco

Holistic Path Management by Michelle M Sandlin

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center

Love, Cassidy

Mandy Metts Artisan Cookies

Martinez Legal, P.C.

Military Veteran Peer Network

Mosaic Worship FUMC Denton

OPEN Worship FUMC Denton

Restored Path Detox

Recovery Resource Council
and Overdose Response Team

R.O.O. Reacting to Opioid Overdose

For the Love of Catherine/Rose Clark

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Dallas

Salvation Army Denton

Santé Center for Healing

Shatterproof

Solutions of North Texas

Soup and Therapy, Dr. Faye Reimers PhD

Symetria Recovery

Texas Health Recovery and Wellness

The Lake House/AMFM Healthcare

The Phoenix Dallas Ft. Worth

United Way of Denton County

University Behavioral Health Denton

UNT Addiction Studies

UNT Psychology Dept. Translational Addictions Research Consortium

UNT R.I.S.E. Center (Recovery & Intervention Support & Education)

Vertava Health

Well Culture Counseling

Willowwood Celebrate Recovery

Winning The Fight

How to become a Resource Provider

Contact us to become a resource provider; spaces are limited. There is no cost; we will provide a table and chair set up. You bring your knowledge and resources to share with the community. You will be listed on our social media, website and Thank You signage at event.