International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims 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 those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
In 2012, 1427 people died of overdose in Australia. That’s almost 4 people per day. Every one of those deaths was preventable.
Friday 29/8/14, the Homeless Health Service and Rankin Court Treatment Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, will be hosting a space to reflect for those who have had their own experience or lost a loved one through overdose. Members of the Pastoral Care Team will be joining the event for reflection. Morning tea and information about overdose prevention will be available. The event will be held in Room 3.1, The O’Brien Centre, corner Victoria and Burton streets, at 10am.
The Kirketon Road Centre will also be holding a morning tea, followed by information and training event about naloxone (Narcan) use to prevent overdose deaths.
For local events recognising International Overdose Awareness Day Click here.
For more information visit the International Overdose Awareness Day website.