Cosponsor the Resolution in Support of Overdose Awareness Day

Flags are flown at half-staff to mark a period of mourning and remembrance and to signal that the country has experienced a tragedy. The recognition can bring comfort and honor to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. The federal government has yet to order flags to fly at half-staff to mark one of our nation’s greatest tragedies: the drug overdose crisis, which claimed nearly 841,000 American lives between 1999 and 2019 and has reached record levels this year.

We urge you to send the below message to your members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor a resolution in support of Overdose Awareness Day (H.Res. 349), which would encourage Federal buildings to lower their flags to half-staff to support awareness of overdoses on August 31 each year.  

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Cosponsor the Resolution in Support of Overdose Awareness Day

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor a resolution in support of Overdose Awareness Day (H.Res. 349), which would encourage Federal buildings to lower their flags to half-staff to support awareness of overdoses on August 31 each year.

Overdose deaths continue to rise to record levels, accounting for more than an estimated 90,000 deaths September 2019-September 2020 and nearly 841,000 deaths 1999-2019. Substance use disorders and overdoses affect all socioeconomic groups, racial and ethnic groups, geographical regions, and ages in our country, and every community has been touched by the loss of overdose deaths. Overdose deaths are preventable, and lives can be saved though awareness, prevention, treatment, and recovery support.

However, despite this tragedy, the federal government has not yet ordered the flags to fly at half-staff. Flags are flown at half-staff to mark a period of mourning and remembrance. They are an important signal to the American people that the country has experienced a tragedy, and the recognition brings comfort and honor to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. Several states lower their State flags in recognition of Overdose Awareness Day.

The resolution supports the recognition of Overdose Awareness Day and encourages Federal buildings to lower their flags to half-staff to support awareness of overdoses. It raises awareness of overdoses and acknowledges the pain communities have felt related to the loss of life due to overdoses as well as the stigma associated with substance use and addiction.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will cosponsor the resolution in support of Overdose Awareness Day to help bring attention to the national overdose crisis and honor the lives lost.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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  • Your Representative