On Saturday, August 31, 2019, which is International Overdose Awareness Day, the Snohomish Health District is hosting Overdose Prevention Night at the Everett AquaSox game.
The event is supported by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention grant through the Washington State Department of Health.
The Aquasox will play the Vancouver Canadians. Along with special messages during the game, the concourse will feature tables with information about opioids and resources in Snohomish County.
The information includes the “10 Things to Know About Opioids” campaign developed by the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination “MAC” Group.
Attendees will be invited to answer questions to be entered into a raffle for prizes from the AquaSox and Funko.
The game is at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway.
Gates open at 6:00 pm and the first pitch is at 7:05 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Everett AquaSox box office, or online at https://bit.ly/2PknDlQ.
Performing at the AquaSox game is Snohomish County band Superfekta. Once known as the “Party Boys of Rock,” these rockers have evolved into a band with a message, while growing into a grassroots posterchild for overcoming personal adversity. Besting addiction through help from the community, they arm themselves with songs of hope while giving back to the support group that became their safety net.
A fireworks show is scheduled after the game.
International Overdose Awareness Day began in 2001 to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma around drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges grief felt by families and friends, and offers a chance to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
For more information on efforts being done through the Snohomish County Opioid Response MAC Group, please go to www.snohomishoverdoseprevention.com. This website and accompanying social media accounts were developed to be a one-stop shop for resources. Whether someone is trying to understand the problem, prevent addiction, or save a life, this is a place to find information for that first next step.