A Walk to Remember to honor International Overdose Awareness Day
Monday August 31, 2020 starting at 5 p.m.
Meet at the boardwalk adjacent to Galaxy Cinemas. The walk will proceed along the boardwalk and end at Gore Street for food and refreshments.
Since the pandemic began, attention has shifted towards mitigating the spread of Covid-19 infection risk. But a tainted drug supply, increased stresses due to lockdown measures, financial and food insecurity, a lack of resources and unforeseen mental health stressors has pushed many who suffer from substance use disorder to the brink. In some instances, the number of overdose deaths nearly doubled between January and May 2020 for example in British Columbia, this June was the worst month for overdose deaths in the province’s history.
Here in Sault Ste. Marie, the situation is not improving. We need help now. We will continue to push for a Level 3 Withdrawal Management Facility, which is essential to help those who want to get better. We need an equipped and up-to-date detox. Local aftercare programs. Treatment facilities available accessible by those living in the north. We need tougher penalties for people caught selling fentanyl that leads directly to a death; no more catch-and-release.
This crisis has not disappeared due to the pandemic, but the pandemic has only exacerbated it. In the past few months, more people have died from overdoses than from Covid-19, suicide and motor vehicle accidents combined. We are determined to mark the lives of all who have died from overdose and substance use disorder.
We ask you to join S.O.Y.A. in A Walk of Remembrance and Solidarity on Aug. 31st at 5pm starting on the boardwalk.
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