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National Recovery Month Events in Cambridge

September 2019
Various locations

In observance of National Recovery Month, Cambridge is hosting events in September to raise awareness about mental and substance use disorders; celebrate individuals in recovery; and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
Cambridge Recovery Month activities are hosted by the Cambridge Public Health Department, the City Manager’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office.
A Celebration of Life and Survival

September 6, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Carl Barron Plaza, Central Square

A memorial to honor those we have lost to overdose and to celebrate the lives we have saved together as a community, hosted by the Access Drug User Health Program. Overdose prevention training will be offered as part of the event. 
Overdose Prevention Training

September 16, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
CHA Windsor Street Care Center
119 Windsor Street, second floor conference room

Join the Cambridge Public Health Department for a free class on overdose prevention and response. Participants will learn how to recognize and safely respond to an overdose. Trainings will be held monthly at locations around Cambridge. No RSVP is required. More information is available on the department's events calendar
Opioid Spoon Exhibit

September 16–30
Cambridge Public Library (main branch)
449 Broadway

An 800-pound metal sculpture of a giant spoon used for opioids will make its home at the Cambridge Public Library (main branch) during the second half of September. It is part of artist and activist Domenic Esposito's tour to raise awareness about his family’s struggles and those of the thousands of families who have lost loved ones to the opioid epidemic. Mr. Esposito is the founder of the Opioid Spoon Project. The installation is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office. 
City Hall Lights Up Purple

September 23–30
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge City Hall will be lit purple at night during the last week of September to remember the friends, family, and neighbors we have lost to addiction, to support and encourage people who are still struggling, and to celebrate people who have regained their health.
Fostering a Recovery-Friendly Workplace: A Lunchtime Lecture with Michael Botticelli

September 30, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library (main branch) Lecture Hall
449 Broadway

How is your company managing the impact of addiction in the workplace? Hear from nationally recognized speaker Michael Botticelli, the former Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama, on the current addiction crisis and its impact on our state. Attendees will leave with insights and tools to take a more proactive role in confronting the effects of addiction on their organization, as well as fostering a safe and recovery-friendly workplace and retaining healthy and productive employees. Space is limited, so please register for this event at bit.ly/Recovery-Workplace
Central Square Branch Library Book Display

Month of September
Central Square Branch
45 Pearl Street

The Central Square branch of the Cambridge Public Library is showcasing books about substance use disorder and recovery to educate residents about the reality of the disease.


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