HIV North Society is looking to shine a light on overdose prevention for International Overdose Awareness Day.
Next Thursday, HIV North is hoping to see residents who’ve lost someone to a drug overdose take time to reflect and remember those who are still battling addiction.
A mother from the group ‘Mom’s Stop the Harm’, which focuses on raising awareness of overdose related deaths, will be sharing her story of how she lost her son to an overdose in October of 2016.
Overdose Prevention Nurse at HIV North Madison Schiltroth tells Mix News overdose related deaths are on the rise from this time last year.
“Just in the first two quarters this year, there are 241 overdoses in Alberta. In Fort McMurray, we’ve had eight just in the first half of this year as well but last year we had nine through the entire year, so that’s a clear increase.”
HIV North wants to inform residents of all the cautionary tales of drug overdoses and ways of preventing them which is why they’ve collaborated with ‘Mom’s Stop the Harm’.
Schiltroth says they’ve prepared a remembrance canvass so people can leave painted handprints as a reflection of a lost loved one.
“If you’ve lost someone to an overdose, or are struggling with addictions currently or just want to show some support you can come along, put your handprint on there and sign for the person you’re supporting or someone you’ve lost and it will show the unity of the community surrounding this issue.”
You can pay respects to those lost from overdose-related deaths at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library on August 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.