gbhu marking international overdose awareness day on august 31st
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GBHU marking International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st

The Grey-Bruce Health Unit is hoping to help raise awareness regarding overdoses on International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st.

A release from the GBHU says the day is “an opportunity to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, share information to reduce drug-related harms and gather as a community to remember, without stigma, those who have been lost due to drug overdose/poisoning.” There are gatherings planned to mark the day in communities around Grey and Bruce counties. The release also states that “Naloxone, a life-saving medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose, will be available at most of the events. Kits are also available via Public Health, a number of local pharmacies and community partners.”

The GBHU is encouraging the public to attend a local International Overdose Awareness Day event and use the hashtag #OverdoseAwareness.

Local International Overdose Awareness Day events are as follows:

Aug. 30, 2022
BBQ & A Day to Remember and Reflect
When: 2-8 p.m. (or sunset)
Where: Kina Waa Noojmojig Nanaweing Wellness Pavilion,
376 Sydney Bay Road, Neyaashiinigmiing.
Organizer: Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Health and Wellness
Centre and Grey Bruce Health Services.

Aug. 31, 2022
Community BBQ
When: 12-3 p.m.
Where: Safe n’ Sound,
310 8th St. East, Owen Sound.
Organizer: Safe ‘n Sound.

BBQ & Memorial Sacred Fire
When: 3-5 p.m.
Where: M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre,
1045 3rd Ave West, Owen Sound.
Organizer: M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre.

Candlelit Vigil
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Owen Sound Farmer’s Market parking lot,
88 8th St. E., Owen Sound (behind City Hall).
Organizer: Peer Advisory Committee.

Candlelit Vigil
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Coulter Parkette,
583 Green St., Port Elgin.
Organizer: Peer Advisory Committee.

Speakers and Candlelit Vigil
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Community Church,
373 18th Ave, Hanover.
Organizer: Community members. *Bring a blanket/lawn chair.

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