International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day

In the News

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. “More than 1,400 British Columbians have died from toxic drugs so far in 2023, putting the province on track for its deadliest year in history for overdose deaths.”

Today we join our voices to the worldwide campaign to end overdoses, the stigma surrounding this issue and to remember those who were taken away from their loved ones.

We also stand in solidarity with those who face ongoing substance use and mental health challenges.


“Deaths from the toxic drug crisis can be prevented. However, stigma and fear of judgement too often force individuals into the shadows, using drugs alone and avoiding life-saving resources” Minister Whiteside.


We call for increased and accelerated action from governments.

And we ask our community to continue working with us to find solutions to prevent and expand services that save lives.

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