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Victorville Event to Offer Free Narcan Distribution on Black Balloon Day to Prevent Overdose Deaths

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( – On the annual occasion of Black Balloon Day, the Institute for Public Strategies has prepared an event in Victorville to both honor those who have died due to the opioid crisis and to provide a crucial lifeline in the fight against opioid overdoses.

Black Balloon Day emerged from the personal tragedy of Diane and Lauren Hurley, who mourned the loss of their relative, Greg Tremblay, who passed away from an overdose on March 6, 2015.

Since its inception, the observance has gathered momentum across the globe, with participants using black balloons as a symbol to commemorate those who have died due to overdoses.

The event is set to take place on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Victorville Activity Center, located at 15075 Hesperia Rd., Victorville.

The primary focus of the event is to arm the community with education and resources to prevent future overdose deaths.

In addition to the commemorative activities, a critical feature of the gathering will be the free box of Narcan—a medication known for its ability to counteract the effects of opioids and prevent fatalities in overdose situations. The offer extends to individuals 18 years and older attending the event.

This gesture of providing Narcan at no cost signifies a proactive step in reducing the local impact of the national opioid epidemic, making life-saving treatment more accessible to residents.

Coupled with the practical aid of Narcan distribution, the Institute for Public Strategies also plans to host a virtual black balloon release, a tribute linking participants to a broader, international movement that highlights the importance of ongoing prevention measures.

Join the Institute for Public Strategies March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Victorville Activity Center located at 15075 Hesperia Rd.


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