Wear purple for Overdose Awareness Day

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The Prevention Team will observe Overdose Awareness Day.

This Saturday, Aug. 31, is national Overdose Awareness Day, and the Prevention Team at Augusta University Health, led by Dr. Martha Tingen, will be observing the day.

The team will wear purple to mark the day and spread awareness on social media.

From 2010 to 2017, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths in Georgia increased by 145%, from 426 to 1,043 deaths.

Dr. Tingen and her team encourage all to wear purple to raise awareness on Saturday.

To learn more about prevention efforts and raising awareness in the CSRA, please contact Amy Szoka, Georgia Opioid State Targeted Response project coordinator for Richmond County, Georgia.

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Henry Hanks is Senior News & Communications Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact him to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-522-3023 or hehanks@augusta.edu.

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