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WHEREAS, Overdose Awareness Day is observed annually on August 31st, and serves as a day to stand alongside survivors, their families, friends and communities, while helping to raise awareness and increase education that overdose-related death is preventable; and

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

WHEREAS, emergency department visits increased 26% for opioid overdose in 2020 and emergency department visits increased 16% for stimulant overdoses; and

WHEREAS, help is available and there is support for those who are ready to work toward a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, in Nevada Naloxone can be obtained free of charge and without a prescription; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has worked to empower communities in their fight against overdose death, including opioid overdose, by providing resources and support, while expanding the availability of the life-saving drug Naloxone to ensure anyone can obtain the medication through pharmacies and community organizations; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada joins organizations statewide and around the world 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, 2021, 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 19th day of August, 2021

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