(WNY News Now) – New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that several iconic landmarks and bridges across the state will be illuminated in purple and silver to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.
New York – Governor Kathy Hochul has taken a step to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day by lighting up key New York landmarks in purple and silver. This act seeks to raise awareness about overdose prevention, remember those who have succumbed to addiction, and acknowledge the pain of their loved ones.
Governor Hochul urged all New Yorkers to join the cause of supporting overdose survivors and celebrating the healthcare providers who tirelessly assist individuals in their fight against addiction.
Dr. James V. McDonald, New York State Department of Health Commissioner, emphasized the shared responsibility to prevent overdose tragedies. He stressed the importance of turning sorrow into action, highlighting the significance of harm reduction programs and compassion in the battle against addiction.
Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Commissioner of the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, underscored the epidemic’s widespread effects on individuals, families, and communities.
Fourteen prominent landmarks, including the 1 World Trade Center, Niagara Falls, and Moynihan Train Hall, will be illuminated to symbolize New York’s commitment to this critical cause.
New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in local overdose awareness activities and mark their calendars for September 13, 2023, when the state will host its third annual statewide Overdose Awareness Days, jointly sponsored by the Department of Health and Office of Addiction Services and Supports.