Lighting Honors Those Lost to Overdose, Overdose Survivors and Providers Who Assist People Struggling with Addiction

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that multiple landmarks and bridges across New York will be illuminated in purple and silver to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day. The event, recognized around the world, focuses on ending overdose and stigma, remembering those who have died, and acknowledging the grief of family and friends left behind.

“Like many New Yorkers, I’ve witnessed first-hand the impact addiction and substance use has on families,” Governor Hochul said. “As we recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in supporting overdose survivors, remembering those lost to addiction, and celebrating the health care providers who work every day to help individuals in their battle against addiction.”

The Department of Health fosters an environment of compassion and support by providing access to resources such as free naloxone from community statewide overdose prevention programs including, free fentanyl and xylazine test strips. We empower individuals to make safer choices and embark on journeys of healing.

OASAS continues to support overdose prevention efforts across the state, including educational efforts through the Project COPE initiative, which offers information on how to obtain and use naloxone, how to get fentanyl and xylazine test strips, and how to find help for individuals impacted by addiction. The agency also offers free virtual naloxone trainings. A schedule of these training sessions can be found on the OASAS website.

These 14 landmarks and bridges will be illuminated in purple and silver:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal
  • Moynihan Train Hall

New Yorkers are encouraged to attend a local overdose awareness activity promoted on the Community Calendar of Overdose Awareness Day Events. In addition, on September 13, 2023, join New York State’s third annual statewide Overdose Awareness Days cosponsored by the State’s Department of Health and Office of Addiction Services and Supports. You can learn more here about the event.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care can also be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at or through the NYS OASAS website.