Grant County holding International Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 31

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GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — Grant County will host its first-ever International Overdose Awareness Day event on August 31.

From 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ephrata Courthouse, the Grant County Health District and Renew are partnering for this inaugural event.

The event gives people a space to remember those they lost due from overdose on any substance. White flags will be displayed to represent anyone who lost their lives to substance overdose in Grant County. Purple flags will represent people who saved their lives from substance overdose due to Narcan.

Tools and resources will also be provided to help prevent substance abuse, including medication lockboxes and other access to local community resources. Free Narcan and overdose response training will also be provided.

Community speakers will also be in attendance to give the public an understanding of what is going on locally when it comes to drug misuse and overdose.

Representatives from the Moses Lake Police Department, Warden Police Department, Ephrata Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and others will be at the event as well.

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