Overdose Awareness Day is August 31

A flag to mark International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 was raised and lowered to half-mast at City Hall today. The flag will remain at half-mast until the morning of September 1. City Hall will be lit in purple the evening of August 31.  

Overdose Awareness Day is a global event to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends.

Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance

A virtual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance hosted by Moms Stop the Harm will take place on Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. The Facebook Live event will feature words of remembrance and live music by Jill Cooper, plus guest speakers Lisa Lapointe (BC Chief Coroner), Jennifer Charlesworth (Representative for Children and Youth), Adam Olsen (Green Party MLA) and Leslie McBain (Moms Stop the Harm).

Moms Stop the Harm is a national non-profit organization that calls for an end to the failed war on drugs through evidence-based prevention, treatment and policy change. They support a harm reduction approach that is both compassionate and non-discriminatory for people who use substances. Learn more.