August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). Events are happening around the world to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering our loved ones who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. IOAD spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable and there are things we can do, individually and collectively.
Locally there are two events happening in Centennial Square (Douglas & Pandora) this Thursday. Please help get the word out by circulating the attached poster through your networks, and sharing the Facebook event pages linked below. Thanks very much.
4:30-6:00 PM: Drop-in overdose prevention and response training
Drop by Centennial Square any time between 4:30 and 6 PM to receive free overdose prevention and response training, including free naloxone kits. Please come by and one of our trainers will walk you through a short training and provide you with a naloxone kit to take with you. This is also open to people who have received the training previously and would like a refresher.
6:00-8:00 PM: Rally and vigil
We come together in our grief, our loss and our determination to honour those we still love and have lost to overdose. We'll start by sharing food and raising our voices together to call on those in power to move swiftly on evidence-based, harm reduction strategies that we in the community know work; then spend time quietly together in a candelight vigil to send our love to those we have lost and honour our memories of our friends and family members.