International Overdose Awareness Day 2023

Date: 31/08/2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Victoria Park
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: John Howard Society Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton
Contact: Natasha James
Phone: 705-340-0228

International Overdose Awareness Day is coming up on Thursday August 31st. This is a time where concerned community partners are coming together to recognize the opioid catastrophe our community is experiencing. It is a time to remember those we have lost due to drug poisonings and to support grieving loved ones. Join us for live music, activities and a butterfly release ceremony!
This year’s theme to IOAD is recognizing those who go unseen with drug poisonings.
“We want to honor the people whose lives have been altered by these drug poisonings. They are the family and friends grieving the loss of a loved one; workers in healthcare and support services extending strength and compassion; or spontaneous first responders who selflessly assume the role of lifesaver. We want to say to these people: #weseeyou. Theirs are the voices we should amplify, and their strength and experience should be held up as examples to us all. Too often, however, they are left to bear the burden of this crisis alone and in silence. This year on August 31, let’s acknowledge and support the people in our communities who go unrecognized by raising awareness of the hidden impacts of drug poisonings promoting education of overdose response, and reaching out to politicians to make lasting, lifesaving policy changes.”
It’s time to act. 💜
The significance of the butterfly release at this event is that the butterfly can symbolize freedom from the chrysalis of addiction and rebirth in a new life of recovery.

Overdose affects everyone. From grieving families to spontaneous first responders, the impacts of overdose are far-reaching and fall indiscriminately.

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