Westchester recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is an opportunity to remember without stigma those who have died from an overdose, acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind, and promote resources available to those in need.

Jonathan Gordon

Sep 1, 2023, 12:22 AM

Updated 322 days ago

Share:

Westchester officials, addiction service providers and those in recovery recognized the nation's largest campaign to end overdoses on Thursday in White Plains.
 
International Overdose Awareness Day is an opportunity to remember without stigma those who have died from an overdose, acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind, and promote resources available to those in need.
 
Originally from Mount Vernon's south side, Calvin Briggs, had a moment to celebrate.
 
"Today is 365 days without any substances," said Calvin Briggs, who shared his story of recovery.
 
Dan Smith, a certified addiction counselor at Mountainside Treatment Center which has a facility in Chappaqua, has gone more than a decade without alcohol or drugs.
 
"I'm able to run support groups, be able to answer the phone, and be available for those because of what recovery has given me," said Dan Smith.
 
The two men admitted they came from different situations but share the bond of fighting through the grips of addiction.
 
"Anybody who's out there struggling you know, there is hope," said Briggs.
 
Thursday was also a moment to remember those who weren't as fortunate.
 
"I lost my brother who was 27 years old," shared one woman.
 
Advocates took the opportunity to share available resources to those in need.
 
Two days ago Gov. Kathy Hochul directed eight million dollars towards harm reduction strategies.
 
Last year, Westchester launched an opioid response and overdose prevention initiative.
 
New York Attorney General Letitia James has already distributed nearly $200 million has already been distributed of the more than $2 billion from several settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributers.
 
Concrete steps to help guide people to the next day.
 
"My daughter said well, Dad that's 365 what happens next? I said, Well hopefully, God willing 366," said Briggs.


More from News 12
2:29
Long Island residents face a myriad of issues due to global tech outage

Long Island residents face a myriad of issues due to global tech outage

1:45
Warm and dry weekend ahead; storms return for middle of next week

Warm and dry weekend ahead; storms return for middle of next week

1:52
Massive technology outage impacts LaGuardia Airport

Massive technology outage impacts LaGuardia Airport

0:28
Police: Hauppauge crash causes fuel spill on Motor Parkway

Police: Hauppauge crash causes fuel spill on Motor Parkway

2:01
‘You do have shared vulnerabilities.’ Security experts explain risks associated with global IT outage

‘You do have shared vulnerabilities.’ Security experts explain risks associated with global IT outage

1:30
Students take part federal court program in Central Islip

Students take part federal court program in Central Islip

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Northwell Health activates emergency operations center amid technology outage, NYU Langone remains open

Northwell Health activates emergency operations center amid technology outage, NYU Langone remains open

Prosecutors: Bellport woman indicted for alleged hit-and-run crash that killed volunteer firefighter

Prosecutors: Bellport woman indicted for alleged hit-and-run crash that killed volunteer firefighter

2:27
Food Truck Friday: Roxy's Ice Cream Truck

Food Truck Friday: Roxy's Ice Cream Truck

2:27
Suffolk man faces hate crime charges, accused of ramming car with 4 Muslim men in it

Suffolk man faces hate crime charges, accused of ramming car with 4 Muslim men in it

13:51
'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

0:22
Detectives: Man shot and killed his dog after it attacked him at Christopher Morley Park

Detectives: Man shot and killed his dog after it attacked him at Christopher Morley Park

2:01
Great South Bay Music Festival kicks off in Patchogue

Great South Bay Music Festival kicks off in Patchogue

0:38
Resilient North Babylon HS grad gets 5-figure donation from restaurant’s grand opening earnings

Resilient North Babylon HS grad gets 5-figure donation from restaurant’s grand opening earnings

1:35
Jericho lawyer wins Optimum's Small Business Boost Sweepstakes

Jericho lawyer wins Optimum's Small Business Boost Sweepstakes

0:17
2 East Northport men accused of selling cocaine out of their home

2 East Northport men accused of selling cocaine out of their home

1:56
Future health care workers shadow doctors at LIJ Valley Stream Hospital

Future health care workers shadow doctors at LIJ Valley Stream Hospital

0:46
17th annual ‘Soldier Ride’ raises over $160,000

17th annual ‘Soldier Ride’ raises over $160,000