The Health Equity Alliance of Bangor is bringing a day of overdose awareness to our community on Friday, August 31st at Pickering Square in Downtown Bangor.

The event will take place from 5 PM to 7 PM and will be an opportunity to honor the deaths of the 418 people who died from opioid overdoses last year in the State of Maine.  Each of the 418 people will be included in a special service that will also include speeches, live music and food trucks.

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day and the nonprofit group will be working the month of August to raise funds to purchase Naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, to distribute to drug users across the state.

The goal is to raise funds to pay for the amount of medication needed for the number of people who died from opioid overdoses last year.  So, this year, the group is hoping to raise funds to purchase 418 doses of Naloxone.

The event will also feature Naloxone training on-site to everybody interested in how to properly administer the drug.

For more information and to follow the event check out the event page on Facebook.

Also, check out the group putting on the event, Health Equity Alliance, on Facebook.