The William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation will host International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. This year's theme is entitled " A Time to Remember- A Time to Act." The event acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. In Arkansas, we are also inviting those who have had substance use issues but are in recovery to attend so that we may celebrate their achievements. As well, anyone having substance use issues, we welcome them. Treatment and recovery centers around Arkansas will be on hand providing resource information.
The event speakers will be Scott Doerhoff, Executive Director of William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation, Kirk Lane, the Arkansas Drug Director, Matthew Barden, Associate Special Agent in Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Omaha District Office, and Jimmy McGill, of the Exodus Project. Shannon Mulkern, Director of Business Development at Oasis Renewal Center will close the evening's event with a " cell-light" vigil and reading of the Peace Prayer of St. Frances.
Special thanks to Maggie Adams of Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, Scott Burton, Chief of Staff at the Arkansas Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Cindy Murphy, Public Affairs Director, at the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General, and Ms. Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation