Remembrance – Prevention – De-Stigmatization
Local communities in Sydney and around the world are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered harm due to drug overdose.
On Sunday the 1st of September, grassroots organisation ‘Students For Sensible Drug Policy’ (SSDP) will be
hosting a day event for ‘International Overdose Awareness Day’ (IOAD).
We aim to create a better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the
harms associated with drug use.
WHERE: Inner West Location TBA
WHEN: Sunday 1st of September – 1pm Start
➔ BBQ lunch-time hangout over some chilled music
➔ Followed by 2 X speaker presentations
➔ Followed by a Naloxone Workshop
➔ Questions and ‘Telling Your Story’
By holding an event this year, the people of Sydney are joining themselves to a global movement for
understanding, compassion, and change.
In 2018, there were 747 IOAD events of all kinds, held in 38 countries.
People and communities came together to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s most recent World Annual Drug Report, 585,000 people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2017.
Overdose can affect anybody and one of the messages of this day is that the people who overdose are our sons, daughters, parents, brothers and sisters, partners and friends – they are loved and they are missed.
We encourage members of the community with lived experience to come to our event and to stand in solidarity with those who have been personally affected by overdose.
Your Team – SSDP NSW