Chalk writing on sidewalks in Jamaica Plain and throughout Boston are drawing attention to individuals who have died from drug overdoses in an effort to remove the stigma of ODs.
Chalk messages seen Thursday outside the Jackson Square MBTA station (above) and by the boathouse at Jamaica Pond (below) mention a person’s first name, their age and something special about them.
They include messages referring to people like Justin, 34, who was “awesome and good looking. Forever missed and loved.” Another refers to Julie Ann, who was 34 and was “adventurous and silly. Mother of one, loved by many.”
The chalk writings are also in other Boston neighborhoods, telling similar stories with hashtag #StoriesNotStigma and the website link knowmoreod.com. The site links to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
The chalk writings are in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31. In addition, at-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, chair of the city’s Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery, authored a resolution that recognized Aug. 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in Boston.
— Helen McDermott, MPH (@hrmcdermott4) August 31, 2017