FLINT, Mich.—August 31, 2022
Mayor Sheldon Neeley has issued a mayoral proclamation declaring August 31, 2022 Overdose Awareness Day in Flint. The flag at City Hall will be lowered to half mast on this day in honor of the people who have lost their lives to the disease of drug addiction.
“I believe that drug addiction is a disease, and we need to do more as a community to support both prevention and recovery,” Mayor Neeley said. “This proclamation serves to bring more awareness to drug addiction as a public health issue that we can work to address through policy and partnerships.”
The City of Flint is working to connect local organizations with NARCAN training.
Mayoral Proclamation Recognizing Overdose Awareness Day
WHEREAS, the City of Flint does affirm and acknowledge the harm and hardship caused by drug overdose; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the purpose of International Overdose Awareness Day as remembering loved ones lost to overdose and ending the stigma of drug-related deaths; and
WHEREAS, we resolve to play our part in reducing the toll of overdose in our community, which claimed the lives of more than 143* Flint residents in 2021, together with countless more affected forever; and
WHEREAS, we affirm that the people affected by overdose are our sons and daughters, our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, and deserving of our love, compassion and support;
THEREFORE, I, Sheldon Neeley, Mayor, do hereby proclaim August 31st, 2022, as Overdose Awareness Day in Flint, Michigan.
*Data is provided by the Genesee County Medical Examiner and compiled by the Michigan System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance through the Injury Prevention Center at the University of Michigan.