Gov. Beshear orders flags to half-staff for overdose victims

(Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Capitol Annex Photography Team)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Aug. 31 for Overdose Awareness Day in Kentucky.

The Governor’s Mansion will also light up purple to show the designated color for showing support for overdose awareness.

Overdose Awareness Day is a yearly global event held on Aug. 31 to raise awareness of drug overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends as they remember those who have died or have a permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose, according to a release.

Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth to join in this tribute.