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Ottawa, Aug 31 (Canadian-Media): International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death is being observed Aug 31 across the globe.
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"The ongoing opioid-related overdose crisis in Canada has claimed the lives of over 15,000 Canadians from all backgrounds since 2016 leaving too many members of communities across the country mourning the loss of loved ones, each with their own unique story...the majority of overdose deaths in Canada occur at home alone... Stigma plays a significant role...People who use drugs need our compassion and support..," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer in a statement and added that all Canadians have a role to play in helping address the drug overdose crisis.
IOAD was initiated by Sally J Finn at The Salvation Army in St Kilda, Melbourne in 2001.
Since 2001, events to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose have been held by many community members as well as government and non-government organisations.
Since 2012, IOAD has been coordinated by the not-for-profit Australian public health organisation Penington Institute.
"To those living in recovery from addiction, we encourage you to share your experience, strength and hope to help others. Talk to your friends and family; share the message on social media using #endoverdose or #recoveryispossible. Everyone deserves to have the opportunity to recover from addiction and achieve overall physical, mental and emotional wellness," Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan said in a statement.
“To commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, purple lights will glow at BC Place in Vancouver in memory of those we have lost. Other parts of B.C. will recognize the day with lighted walkways and buildings, memorial gardens, virtual candlelight vigils, awareness campaigns, social media promotions and the annual Moms Stop the Harm purple ribbon campaign,"Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions said in a statement.