Each year we lose thousands of people from drug overdose globally. Some survive but suffer a permanent injury, with devastating impact to their families and friends.
Sault Ste Marie is not immune. You may know friends and families affected and it may have happened to people around you. Tomorrow, it could happen to someone you love. This is not an invisible issue.
International Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about substance use and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives.
The Sault and Area Drug Strategy member agencies are playing our part to support the day with a memorial event in Clergue Park and walk along the Boardwalk on Thursday, August 29 from 1pm to about 2:30pm.
This commemorative walk recognizes how overdose affects every single one of us. Please come to remember those we have lost to overdose in our area. We will meet in Clergue Park near the Art Gallery of Algoma. If you choose to you can write the names of those you are walking to remember on the memorial board and then can take a frond and walk along the boardwalk, drop the frond in the river at a designated spot. We will then return to the park.
Please consider taking this opportunity to help the Sault remember and recognize the losses we have suffered. We hope to see you at our event.