International Overdose Awareness Day-August 27, 2018

I had the opportunity to attend St. Catharine’s Market Square which held an annual vigil in honor of those lives lost to substance overdose. In attendance were politicians, fire/EMS workers, Positive Living/StreetWorks reps and other social service agencies, along with about 70 of us there to remember and pay homage to their loved ones.
There was food and beverages, a memorial section, agency access information, flowers, and a sheet laid out to be signed by those wanting to pen some thoughts and prayers to their loved ones lost. Some survivors spoke of their experiences, a moment of silence was held, politicians said their piece and EMS taught about Naloxone sprays.
Whether it be misadventure, intentional, assisted, bad dope, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the continued and ever-increasing presence of those loved ones whom care enough to remember, and to act on their lost ones’ behalf to complete even the smallest of acts to help even one lost soul come around, however temporary it may be. A kind, caring act by a complete stranger can have a profound effect on those suffering not only from their substance abuse, but the continuously untreated underlying reasons to use that remain the catalyst for positive change.
Drugs don’t discriminate, aren’t racist, can’t feel, lack emotion, but can silently end your existence without guilt. Be proactive and help your fellow man, it may just be the self-change moment both parties need to feel. THOUGHTS?
Niagara Region.

4 Comments to International Overdose Awareness Day-August 27, 2018

  1. robertpiro says:

    Thankful to G in Niagara Region for writing this! I think your words about kindness as a catalyst for change is the core to AddictNoMore’s message – kindness and true compassion allows us to transcend the unnecessary logic of it all and find human solution to human dilemmas (not only also helping one transcend oneself and feel connected to that great universal). I needed to read this message this morning, I am recently moved to Ottawa living downtown near what seems to a be a ground zero for addiction. I step past crack smokers each day on the sidewalk and constantly need to watch for needles on the ground when at the park with my dog. I am trying to find rhyme and reason to it all, and see no way of washing our hands of it, recovery is a shared path. I think harm reduction is the first step, but most importantly in addition to it we must engage each other through compassion and understanding. How does the saying go, “no man is an island” this is to say liberation and empowerment is a journey that must be shared if we are to be successful. Wish you awareness, love, and empowerment – peace!
    R (Ottawa Downtown).

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    • Grant says:

      welcome to the addictnomore page. Feel free to browse the site, ask questions or comments as you wish. We welcome new ideas, suggestions and any input is worthwhile.

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