On August 31, 2017 the Werner family participated in International Overdose Awareness Day at Justice Plaza in Rockville, MD. Several pictures of Jamie were included in a revolving slideshow of victims.
The silver badge or the purple wristbands are symbols of awareness of overdose and its effects. Wearing these can signify the loss of someone cherished; or demonstrate support to those bearing a burden of grief. It sends out a message. That message is that the infinite value of each human being nullifies presumption, prejudice and stigma towards people who use drugs. Debbie Werner wears the purple wristband.