International Overdose Awareness Day

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International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. Each year this event aims to raise awareness about overdose and that overdose is preventable. International Overdose Awareness Day remembers those who have died or sustained a permanent injury related to drug use. Join our local International Overdose Awareness Day Planning Committee for a week of events in honour of those who have been affected by overdose.

Registration for all online events is required. To register, click here. Registration for all events closes on Fri., August 27, 2021 @ 12 p.m.

Questions?

Email: harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

Week of Events for Mon.,  August 30 - Fri., September 3, 2021

Online Naloxone Training – Mon., August 30, 2021 @ 10-11:30 a.m.

Learn how to help save a life. This online training will provide basic information about opioids, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and how to respond to an opioid overdose. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, and will be provided with additional resources.

Agenda:

  • Overview of opioids
  • Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose
  • Responding to an opioid overdose (including COVID-19 updates)
  • Where to access naloxone
  • Local drug trends in Nipissing and Parry Sound districts
  • Supporting people who use substances

Online Opening Ceremonies – Tues., August 31, 2021 @ 1-2 p.m.

Join us for our online International Overdose Awareness Day opening ceremonies in remembrance of those affected by overdose.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Importance of International Overdose Awareness Day
  • The Opioid Crisis – The Current Situation
  • Week of Events
  • Giveaways and Door Prizes
  • Questions?

Free Snack Bags – Wed., September 1, 2021 – All Day

Free snack bags, that include harm reduction messaging, on Wednesday. To pick up a snack bag visit one of the sites below. 

AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
102-147 McIntyre Street West, North Bay
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
345 Oak Street West, North Bay
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

70 Joseph Street, Parry Sound
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. 

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres
456 Ferguson Street, North Bay
Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

32 James Street, Parry Sound
Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tues. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Alliance Centre of West Nipissing
172 Ethel Street, Unit 3, Sturgeon Falls
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

CMHA Peer Support Mattawa
150 Water Street, Mattawa
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Online Substance Use Panel – Thurs., September 2, 2021 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Come learn from the experts! An interactive live panel of working professionals and individuals with lived experience will discuss the awareness, importance, and prevention of overdoses as we honour those affected by overdose. Panelists will answer your questions, and speak about substance use related trends and work occurring in the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. Prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement perspectives will be provided. Submit questions in advance using the Google form provided or ask them on the day of the event!

Other Activities during the Week

Here are two other activities you can participate in over the week.

International Overdose Awareness Day Giveaways: Pick-up one of our giveaway packages at the sites listed below, while quantities last. Each package includes a naloxone button, pin, memorial flower packet, pop socket and harm reduction card.

Visit the Overdose Awareness Garden: Write a message on your memorial flower packet to someone affected by overdose. Visit and/or plant the package in the International Overdose Awareness Day garden, located across from City Hall (McIntyre Street) throughout the week. You may also wish to plant you memorial flower packet in your garden at home.

Participate in one of the activities listed above at the following locations:

AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
102-147 McIntyre Street West, North Bay
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
345 Oak Street West, North Bay
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

70 Joseph Street, Parry Sound
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. 

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres
456 Ferguson Street, North Bay
Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

32 James Street, Parry Sound
Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tues. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Alliance Centre of West Nipissing
172 Ethel Street, Unit 3, Sturgeon Falls
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

CMHA Peer Support Mattawa
150 Water Street, Mattawa
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Prizes

Participate in any of the online or in-person activities at the locations above to have your name entered into a draw for a door prize. Prize packages include:

  • International Overdose Awareness Day t-shirt and pin
  • Yoga mat, water bottle, and notebook
  • $25 gift card for Walmart, No Frills or Tim Hortons

To learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day, visit: https://www.overdoseday.com/

Or visit our Overdose Awareness Day Facebook page!

These events are hosted and sponsored by the following agencies:

Parry Sound Drug Strategy, Community Drug Strategy North Bay & Area, Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres, Alliance Centre, Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing, North Bay Ontario, Lived Experience & Recovery Network, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area, Canadian Mental Health Association, District of Nipissing, Social Services Administration Board and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit logos

 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808