Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today recognized International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year, aimed at raising awareness to the fact that the tragedy of overdose deaths is preventable. On this day each year, we remember those who were lost, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who lost someone.Mangano also reminds residents that September is “National Recovery Month,” sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. “National Recovery Month” helps to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse disorders, as well as celebrate the people who recover.“On August 31st, and throughout the month of September, I encourage Nassau’s residents to educate themselves on what has become a major epidemic throughout our County, and affected the lives of countless residents and their families,” said County Executive Mangano. “Now we must work together to find solutions. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.”Earlier this month, the President declared the opioid crisis a National Emergency, and vowed the full support of the Executive Branch behind providing funds across the nation for this fight. This came after the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis sent him a report, providing him with the details of the crisis—including that approximately 142 Americans are dying every day from this epidemic—and asked him to take action.