LOCATION & TIME
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Parking around the streets of the capitol building, as well as surrounding parking garages.
Find your bus route here: https://www.capmetro.org/planner/
5:30 pm ----- Welcome & Visit Information Tables
5:40 pm ----- Speaker: Suzanne Seward
5:55 pm ----- Speaker: Dr. Holleran Steiker
6:10 pm ----- Speaker: Judge Nancy Hohengarten
6:25 pm ----- Speaker: Gary Langis
6:45 pm ----- Call to Action
7:00 pm ----- Balloon Preparation
7:10 pm ----- Procession to Balloon Release Site
7:15 pm ----- Prayer
7:20 pm ----- Balloon Release
ORGANIZATIONS AT THE RALLY
Austin Harm Reduction Coalition
GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing)
Integral Care CARE Program
Oxford House, Inc.
Texas Star and Vista Recovery
The Christi Center
TONI & Recovery ATX
Register HERE for the free Overdose Training that will take place in the Capitol before the Rally & Remembrance.
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including providing rescue breathing and administration of the different preparations of the antidote medication, naloxone (Narcan). The presenters will provide information on what opioids are, how they work in the body, what happens during an overdose, and factors that increase the risk of overdose. There will be a discussion about the opioid epidemic trends in Texas, and recent legislation expanding access to naloxone.
remembrance & balloon Release
Today is also a day to remember our loved ones we have lost to overdose. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small (2"x2") picture of loved ones you have lost. Everyone will be given a balloon to attach messages and images. We will then proceed across the street for a balloon release.
SEND A PICTURE OF A LOVED ONE
Those of you who have attended the The Texas Overdose Awareness Day Rally in the past may remember the memorial photography display of the many loved ones who have been lost to the overdose epidemic. In order to include more individuals, an updated photograph display will be created for this year’s Texas Overdose Awareness Day Rally. If you have a lost loved one you would like to have added, please send a high-resolution photo and the following information to Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than August 18th.