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Protest planned in Stamford for International Overdose Awareness Day

August 29, 2018

STAMFORD — Friday, Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness day and to mark it, Today I Matter, Inc., an Ellington-based non-profit working to reduce the stigma of addiction, will hold a protest outside the Stamford international headquarters of Purdue Pharma.

At 2 p.m., “Today I Matter” volunteers will demonstrate with 126 memorial posters with the names, faces and talents of people who died of opioid overdoses.

“Our goal is to force Purdue executives, employees and shareholders to face the impact of their corporate greed on Connecticut families—they put their profits above the lives of our children,” said John Lally who, with his wife Laura, founded Today I Matter in memory of their son, Timothy Lally, a 28-year-old Ellington native who died by overdose in 2016. “We hold them accountable for the opioid overdose crisis that was perpetuated by their lies and resulted in the senseless loss of thousands of lives, including my son’s.”

Purdue Pharma is the maker of OxyContin, a painkiller which can put users at risk for opioid abuse.

A second event is planned later in the evening at 6 p.m. at the Connecticut State Capitol Park in Hartford where volunteers will plant 1,038 purple flags for each life lost to overdose in Connecticut last year.

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com

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