On July 23, 2019, the Mason County Board of Health declared the month of August as Overdose Awareness Month in Mason County. August 31St, 2019 is recognized around the world as International Overdose Awareness Day. The aim of International Overdose Awareness Day is to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury because of drug overdose and encourage discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

Nationally, overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death overall. No community is immune to drug overdose, including Mason County.

To help raise awareness and fight the stigma surrounding overdose, community members can attend our Overdose Awareness Walk & Resource Fair in Belfair (at North Mason Timberland Library), on Wednesday, August 28th, and in Shelton (at Kneeland Park), on Thursday, August 29th both starting at 4PM.

We call upon the people of Mason County to observe this month by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand overdose, how it affects our community, and how it may be prevented.

For more information or questions about Overdose Awareness Month please call our office at 360-427-9670 ext. 400, visit healthymasoncounty.com, or follow us on Facebook @masoncountyph and Twitter@HealthyMC