August 31, 2020
In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on Monday, August 31, and National Recovery Month in September, advocates and officials in Somerville have united in their call for Somervillians to observe both events in a few simple but powerful ways to send a message of support and hope for recovery.
Among the activities, an Overdose Awareness Flag Display will be installed on Monday, August 31, at City Hall. A total of 19 purple flags will be placed near City Hall – 18 in memory of the Somerville residents lost to overdose in 2019 and one larger flag for all those lost in previous years. City Hall will also be lit with purple light throughout the week of August 31 to remember those lost and help raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. All are invited to join in this message in the following