Black Balloon Day
March 6, 2021
Across the United States, on March 6th, families and loved ones remember and celebrate the lives
lost to overdose. This day has become known as Black Balloon Day. Black Balloon Day has become
a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths.
As with many things with the opioid epidemic, Black Balloon Day began with a family’s loss. Diane and Lauren Hurley began Black Balloon Day in remembrance of Greg Tremblay. Tremblay, a father of four, is the son-in-law of Diane and brother-in-law of Lauren and died of an overdose when he was 38 years old on March 6, 2015.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by a gun. Black Balloon Day helps create awareness around the important issue of providing support to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.
Overdose Lifeline has made a practice to release virtual balloons each year on #BlackBalloonDay
and they encourage everyone to do the same. If you wish to participate and share your loved one’s name
and/or story this year on March 6th, simply follow the steps outlined at https://www.overdoselifeline.org/events/black-balloon-day/
The Overdose Lifeline is a non-profit with a mission to carry the message of HOPE to individuals,
families, & communities affected by the disease of addiction.
Follow them on Instagram at @overdoselifeline and visit https://linktr.ee/overdoselifeline
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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