A Red Deer agency will host an event to mark International Overdose Awareness Day later this month.
The Turning Point Society is inviting Central Albertans to participate in an evening of remembrance and overdose awareness at Rotary Picnic Park from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 31.
The event will feature individuals who have been impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as a free barbecue meal.
“Stigma often causes loved ones to feel isolated when grieving someone lost to an overdose,” said Mitchell Danser, Turning Point communications and community engagement co-ordinator.
“As this crisis continues, Albertans desperately need this opportunity to gather in memory of those they’ve lost and know they’re not alone.”
Community members will also have the chance to engage one-on-one with more than a dozen local service providers and organizations, which offer unique resources and on-site services, including overdose response training and Hepatitis C testing.
“We hope the event will help provide everyone in attendance with a broader awareness of the services available to them in our community,” Danser said.
“Whether you’re someone impacted directly or indirectly by substance use or you simply want to expand your knowledge and understanding, there are services just for you.”
Aug. 31 is recognized globally as International Overdose Awareness Day to generate greater awareness, action and discussion around the opioid crisis, drug policy and evidence-based overdose prevention.