HARTFORD,CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed a proclamation declaring Tuesday, August 31, 2021, as Overdose Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the nationwide problem surrounding opioid overdoses. At the request of the governor, a flag commemorating the day of awareness will be flown on the dome of the State Capitol building throughout the day.
“It is well past the time that we, as a society, break down the stigma related to opioid addiction and acknowledge that it is an illness that can impact anyone from any neighborhood, any socioeconomic background, and any age,” Governor Lamont said. “Addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a true public health emergency. We have an incredible network of providers in Connecticut that have treatment options and resources available to anyone who needs it, whether you have a loved one who is facing this illness or if you are looking for help for yourself. The more we talk about this issue out loud, the more we can reduce the stigma surrounding it and let people know that treatment is available and those facing this illness should not lose hope.”
“The opioid epidemic has an impact on everyone in our society,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “It is a critical issue that we are facing in Connecticut and throughout the country. The State of Connecticut continues its dedication to finding new ways to combat opioid addiction. Today, and every day, we will be diligent in providing our citizens the necessary resources and support so we can fight the stigma of addiction and end this crisis.”