August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, 2017

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2017

OTTAWA:  MP Eglinski is marking “International Overdose Awareness Day” to raise attention to an issue that has impacted many Canadians across the country.

“The opioid drug crisis is a very significant health issue in communities not just in Canada, but around the world,” stated MP Eglinski. “These drugs and substances have had adverse impacts on many of our own communities. It is important to be able to recognize signs of drug use and overdose so that our loved ones can get the help they need.”

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year. It aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of addiction so that those afflicted with addiction will be more likely to seek help. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

“These drugs can tear families apart, lead to criminal behaviour and destroy lives. Health experts everywhere agree it is having a devastating impact and we need to take action,” concluded MP Eglinski.

To learn about the signs of overdose and how to respond, as well as for more information on “International Overdose Awareness Day”, please visit https://www.overdoseday.com/.

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