President Yates to join Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear for International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2016

Louisville – It is a rally of awareness for one of Metro Louisville’s fastest growing problems. On Wednesday, August 31st, President David Yates (D-25) will join Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and other concerned groups for Kentucky’s International Overdose Awareness Day.

“As a city, we have begun to realize that the problem of heroin and opiate addiction has affected too many people and ruined too many lives,” says Yates. “As a Metro Council, we want citizens to become more aware of what is happening to our city, state and country and it is now time to act.”

On Wednesday, August 31st Jefferson Square will be the center point of a rally for awareness from 11:00am to 2:00pm. This year’s theme “Time to Remember, Time to Act.”

Kentucky’s International Overdose Awareness Day will feature over 15 organizations setting up tables to hand out free information to let people know what resources are available to them.

“I want to thank President Yates and all the council members for bringing awareness to the community about this epidemic and hosting naloxone trainings over the last year,” says Emily Walden, with KY FEDUP IOAD, a key organizer of the event. “They have truly shown the community their dedication and concern to recognize and take action with this epidemic affecting so many people. I appreciate President Yates and his staff for all their help in organizing Kentucky's International Overdose Awareness Day event.”

Joining President Yates and General Beshear will be John Tilley, Kentucky Secretary of Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Other special guests invited include: Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Van Ingram, Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Chief of Police Steve Conrad, and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell.

“If we are to fight the devastating effects of this epidemic, we must learn how to fight this as a community,” says Yates.

Since 2015, Metro Council members have sponsored free NARCAN Training Sessions to counter the effects of overdose. The Council was the first city to move forward with setting up a syringe exchange program following the action of the Kentucky General Assembly. Council members have also approved funding in the last two budgets for expansion of treatment programs in Metro Louisville.

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