Governor DeWine lowers flags for Ohio Overdose Awareness Day


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — In honor of the lives lost to overdose and to recognize and raise awareness for Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, Governor DeWine ordered for flags to be lowered Tuesday.

The flags of the United States and the State of Ohio will be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state from sunrise until sunset on August 31, 2021.

Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 30 in June, designating Ohio Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 each year to remember those lost to overdose and to encourage action to prevent those deaths, according to a release. 

“Ohio Overdose Awareness Day is an opportunity for all Ohioans to stand beside those who have lost loved ones to an overdose and those who have a substance use disorder and are working toward recovery,” said a statement from the governor’s office.

To learn more about Ohio’s work to address opioid addiction, visit If you or a loved one need help for a substance use disorder, you can call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 for free, confidential assistance from a trained counselor

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