Peer Based Harm Reduction WA International Overdose Awareness Day Morning Tea

Date: 31/08/2023
Time: 11:00 am
Public/Private: Private
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: Peer Based Harm Reduction WA
Contact: Diane Lloyd
Phone: (08) 9325 8387

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on the 31st of August each year. It aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma associated with a drug-related death.

On this day we remember all those who have passed, and we acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends of those who have died or suffered a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Stigma in relation to drug use and drug addiction is a barrier which discourages people from seeking help for drug problems, and stigma only adds to the suffering of families and friends who lose someone they love.

The tragedy of overdose death is preventable. On International Overdose Awareness Day 2023 we are celebrating the Department of Health and Aged Care’s announcement last May of a federally-funded Take Home Naloxone program being rolled out nationally.

2023 is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of our Peer Naloxone Project. This year Peer Based Harm Reduction WA is commencing a new program funded by the Mental Health Commission to make this life saving intervention even more widely accessible. Please join us as we reflect on the human cost of the overdose crisis, as we celebrate the ‘unrecognized responders’ who fight every day to prevent overdose deaths, and as we launch our new Community Take Home Naloxone Peer Delivery and Outreach Service.

Please RSVP to Diane Lloyd:

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

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