EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Easthampton observed International Overdose Awareness Day two days early this year.

Members of the community gathered at Nashawannuck Pond to honor the day, and remember those who died from an overdose. The Easthampton Health Department encourages the community to participate, handing out resources, the life saving Narcan spray and even a map of where in Easthampton you can access the spray.

Credit: Easthampton Health Department

At these nine locations across the city, small and clear boxes labeled “Opioid Rescue Kit” can be found mounted on the wall and contain four doses of Naloxone.

Elizabeth Plouffe, a social worker for the city, told 22News, “We have a lot to offer here in Easthampton. So we really want to make sure people know how to find supportive programming if they are looking for it.”

“It’s going to help end the sigma of overdose and opioid overdose, we just want people to be able to talk about it,” said Bridget Diggins, a public health nurse for Easthampton.

International Overdose Awareness Day will be observed later this week on August 31st.