Do a search on social media for #InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay, and you’ll be greeted with endless pages of beautiful smiles and expressive eyes.
Those faces were somebody’s sons and daughters. They’re mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends, employees. For those who are memorialized on overdose Awareness Social Media pages, time may be frozen, but their families and friends live on to share a message of hope for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the overdose numbers are rising at an alarming rate. At Aurora Recovery Centre, we’re seeing the heartbreaking devastation of drug overdose firsthand. International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st honours those who have succumbed to drug-related death at a time when there are more overdoses than ever before.
We know that substance use and mental health disorders don’t have to be a life sentence. Some of us are living proof. Overdoses are preventable. COVID may be changing lifestyles and creating more barriers to recovery, but we’re with you on the front lines.
Aurora’s Inpatient Residential Center in Gimli and ARC Outpatient Counselling in Winnipeg, both in Manitoba, create compassionate, welcoming environments in which we are actively reducing barriers to treatment and sustainable recovery. With our attention on International Overdose Awareness Day events this year, we celebrate all efforts to raise up those who are suffering from Substance Use Disorder.
Events across the globe are happening tomorrow, Monday, August 31, 2020 to raise awareness, end stigma and commemorate those who have succumbed to, or been permanently injured by, overdose. Most events this year are battling COVID-related drug deaths on the coronavirus’ terms – online and in socially-distanced settings, making them accessible to more people who need and want to get the help they need.
We’re here on the front lines.
This is more important than ever.