Black Balloon Day
Black Balloon Day hopes to increase awareness of the daily struggles faced by members of our community whose loved one died as a result of an overdose, and by those who are still battling, working tirelessly to help their loved one manage their addiction.
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 US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. (Source: CDC 2015 data reports)
The display of black balloons outside Hospice of Washington County’s office at 747 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown on Tuesday, March 6 will represent a tribute to the victims of addiction and overdose.
Black Balloon Day hopes that every person in America affected by this epidemic will hang a black balloon outside their house so that the widespread nature of addiction is recognized in each community.
Join us in taking a step to help shed light on the tragic effects of addiction and overdose.