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.