International Overdose Awareness Day was initiated in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, communities across the globe have gathered each year to spread the word about drug overdose death and publicly mourn those whose lives have been lost.

This year, Big Fish Ministries is proud to host Gulf Coast Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 at Heritage Park in Foley, Alabama. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. This will be a special time for our local community to join together and support those struggling with addiction, remember those who have died and acknowledge the grief of loved ones left behind.

Guest speakers will share messages of hope and encouragement, and local first responders and recovery programs will be onsite. Harm reduction supplies will be available as part of an effort to reduce the risk of overdose and infections related to drug use. A memorial wall will be featured, and attendees are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones lost to overdose.

Drug overdose is one of the world’s worst public health crises, and this event seeks to stimulate conversation and action here in the Gulf Coast region. Representatives from our faith-based recovery ministry will be available to answer questions about our inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. We believe that change is possible through the redemptive power of Christ, and we desire to be a source of hope for anyone battling addiction in Baldwin County.

Be sure to save the date for August 31, and invite a friend! For more information on Gulf Coast Overdose Awareness Day, please contact us at

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