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WHEREAS, Overdose Awareness Day is observed on August 31st, and serves as a day to stand alongside the friends and families of the victims of this worldwide pandemic, while helping to raise awareness and increase education; and

WHEREAS, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, between 2010 and 2017, there were 3,298 deaths attributed to drug overdose involving opioids in Nevada, and 10,972 emergency department visits and inpatient hospital admissions related to opioid poisoning; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has expanded access in recent years to the life-saving drug naloxone, to ensure that first responders, law enforcement, individuals at-risk for opioid overdose, and concerned family and friends, can obtain the medication without a prescription through pharmacies and community organizations; and

WHEREAS, in addition to serving as a day of remembrance, Overdose Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate the community and reduce the stigma of addiction and drug-related death, and to encourage those struggling with addiction to reach out for help; and

WHEREAS, we join organizations statewide in the fight for Nevada’s families and the future of our state and nation as we work to end addiction and overdose;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim aUGUST 31, 2019 AS

OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 26th day of August, 2019

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