International Overdose Awareness Day: 1,300 purple flags commemorate the lost

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Wednesday, Aug. 31, over 3 1,303 purple flags were placed on the lawn of the San Diego County Administration Center to commemorate the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues that San Diegans lost in 2021 to overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is especially significant this year in wake of nearly doubled fentanyl overdoses in San Diego County. The drug crisis comes hand in hand with a growing homeless population and increased economic hardship following hiked rates of inflation.

KUSI’s Allie Wagner went live at the Administration Center to showcase how San Diego is commemorating those lost to substance abuse.


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