Hot Springs Mayor Bob Nelson read the below proclamation at the 8/17/20 council meeting. Local citizen and advocate Cheryl Lathrop was present at the meeting and invited city staff to show support by wearing purple on August 31, 2020. The City would encourage all residents of Hot Springs to consider wearing purple on that date to show support of International Overdose Awareness Day.
Office of the Mayor Hot Springs, South Dakota Proclamation
“International Overdose Awareness Day”
WHEREAS: International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost loved ones to overdose or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose; and WHEREAS: International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable; and WHEREAS: Drug overdose knows no limits. It does not recognize victims’ race, religion, social economic status, or family ties. Anyone can battle drug addiction and face a possible overdose, but recognizing overdose warning signs enables and empowers families and friends to prevent overdose-related death by call for help; and WHEREAS: The State of South Dakota is proactively running a campaign against drugs. The “Meth. We’re on it” campaign also includes a hotline for those seeking resources to call or text; and WHEREAS: Members of the community and organizations associated with drug abuse prevention and aid will work to remove the stigma associated with overdose-related deaths and reinforce the belief that no one should feel shame or disgrace due to an overdose-related death of a love one. Now, therefore, I, Robert Nelson, Mayor of Hot Springs, South Dakota do hereby proclaim August 31st, 2020, as International Overdose Awareness Day in Hot Springs. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty.
Robert Nelson, Mayor Attest: Misty Summers-Walton Finance Officer