International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event, held annually on August 31 that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends, remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
The ONA Purple Ribbon Campaign will lead up to this date with various education and information shared via social media, posters, as well as face to face handing out and promoting the purple ribbon.
We want to encourage harm reduction approaches to substance use, promote access to mental health and substance use services, and support the healing of Syilx Nation members and their families.
We are urging you to adopt the visual symbol of our fight to save lives and prevent overdose. Purple Ribbons for Overdose Prevention is a national effort to bring urgently needed attention to this largely neglected and growing epidemic.
The ONA will be handing out Purple Ribbons and buttons throughout the Nation.
Printable Purple Ribbons: #endoverdose