MOUNT VERNON — Observed on the 31st of August each year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change to reduce the harms associated with drug use.

The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) invites the Knox County community to come together today to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose and support families who have lost their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.

The event will take place at the Rastin Tower, Ariel Foundation Park beginning at 8 p.m. Information will be provided about Narcan training, free Deterra Drug Deactivation bags will be available, and participants can learn about resources available in Knox County. Luminarias will also be provided free to event participants to light during a moment of silence in remembrance of loved ones. The event will conclude with the Rastin Tower being illuminated in purple to symbolize awareness of overdose and its effects. Family members who have lost a loved one are welcome to bring a photo.

By holding an event this year, Knox County is a global movement for understanding, compassion, and change.

“We encourage all members of the community to come to our event and stand together with the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children who have been personally affected by overdose and substance use disorder,” said Tina Cockrell, Program Coordinator, Knox Substance Abuse Action Team.

KSAAT is a coalition of community members dedicated to reducing substance abuse among youth and adults in Knox County. For more information or to get involved visit


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