Orangeville, August 19, 2021 – Join the Dufferin Overdose Awareness Committee to raise awareness about addictions services available in the Dufferin and Caledon communities.
Each year we lose thousands of people from drug overdose globally. Some survive but suffer a permanent injury, which leads to devastating impacts on family and friends. Dufferin County and the Town of Caledon are not immune. You may have seen it; it has likely happened to people around you. Tomorrow, it could happen to someone you love. This is not an invisible issue.
International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) provides an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives. Overdose Day events that aim to educate our communities about drugs can really help.
This year, in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, the committee will be launching an Anti-Stigma Campaign: People who use drugs are Real People. Stop the blame. Stop the shame. Stop the stigma. This campaign will focus on the drug-related stigma that individuals who use drugs may experience and educate the community on the impact of those labels and stereotypes.
Our focus is to help the community understand how overdose affects every single one of us and how we can make a difference. Visit the Dufferin Overdose Awareness Committee Facebook page to find information about local agencies that offer addiction services in the County of Dufferin and the Town of Caledon. This is an opportunity for members of our community to access information without leaving home.