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Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens proclaims August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 - International Overdose Awareness Day is a nationally recognized campaign held each year on August 31. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about drug overdoses and promoting mental health awareness.

The campaign encourages communities to support drug prevention efforts by familiarizing themselves with signs of drug overdose.

The proclamation highlighted disturbing statistics, stating that an average of 94 Oklahomans are hospitalized each week due to drug overdoses, with an average of 12 Oklahomans dying from unintentional overdoses.

The Sallisaw NOW Coalition (SNC), a local non-profit organization, coordinated the proclamation signing to shed light on the risks and lives lost due to drug-related issues in the area.

The SNC actively engages with local schools, organizations, and community partners to find innovative ways to reduce drug overdoses and hospitalizations in Sequoyah County.

The organization offers numerous resources for individuals and their families who are dealing with addiction at no cost.

For more information about available resources, please contact 918-208-0733 or visit

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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