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 has 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.

Register for all online events. Registration for all events closes on Friday, August 28th at 12 p.m.

Questions?
Email: harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

Week of Events for August 31-September 4, 2020

 Monday, August 31 @ 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Online Opening Ceremonies
Agenda:
  • Indigenous welcome
  • Importance of remembering
  • Week of events at a glance
  • How to get involved in substance use work in the community


Presented by:

  • Grandmother Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, Nipissing First Nations
  • Brooke Bertrand, Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing
  • Katharine O'Connell, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Scott Robertson, City of North Bay
 Tuesday, September 1 (all day) - FREE Snack Bags   
Enjoy a FREE snack bag on Tuesday if accessing one of the needle syringe programs (*) listed below for harm reduction supplies or information.
 Wednesday, September 2 @ 2-3:30 p.m. - Online Methamphetamine 101 Informational Webinar
Agenda:
  • Introduction to methamphetamine
  • Spectrum of use
  • Reasons for using
  • Methods of use
  • Local statistics and trends
  • Methamphetamine and the brain
  • Cycle of use
  • Short- and long-term effects of methamphetamine use
  • Overdosing on methamphetamine
  • Harm reduction strategies

 
Presented by:

  • Jamie-Lynn Sluman, Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing
  • Glenn Petersen, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
  • Terrance Hamel, Community Drug Strategy North Bay & Area
 Thursday, September 3 @ 9-10:30 a.m. - Online Naloxone Training
Agenda:
  • Increase in withdrawal and overdoses during COVID-19
  • Introduction to opioids
  • Opioid myths
  • Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose
  • Responding to an opioid overdose (incl. COVID-19 changes)
  • Harm reduction strategies
  • Ontario Naloxone Program vs. Ontario Naloxone Program for Pharmacies
  • Where to get a naloxone kit
  • COVID-19 resources and supports

 
Presented by:

  • Katharine O'Connell, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Meagan Deutekom, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
  • Glenn Petersen, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
 Friday, September 4 @ 10-11 a.m. - Live Facebook Feed of Memorial Flower Planting

Agenda:

  • Messages and seeds from participating sites will be planted in the International Overdose Awareness Day garden in memory of individuals affected by overdose.
  • View live Facebook Feed of Memorial Flower Planting

 

Presented by:

  • Meagan Deutekom, AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area

 Other Activities During the Week

Memorial Flower Message: Visit one of the sites below to write a message in memory of someone affected by overdose. Messages will be written on seed packages. Seeds will be planted in the International Overdose Awareness Day garden, located across from City Hall (McIntyre Street) on the Friday, September 4 at 10 a.m.

International Overdose Awareness Day Pin, Memorial Tea Light, and Overdose Prevention Line Magnet: Pins, tea lights, and magnets will be distributed Monday through Friday at the locations listed below. Feel free to pick a pin, tea light or magnet up for yourself, a family member or friend.

Visit the Overdose Awareness Garden: Bring your tea light and visit the International Overdose Awareness Day garden, located across from City Hall (McIntyre Street) throughout the week. Ribbons will be tied on the trees in memory of individuals affected by overdose.


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


AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area
269 Main 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, Tues, Wed and Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thurs 8:30 a.m.-7 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 Right Path Counselling and Prevention Services
(Nipissing First Nation)
316 Ted Commanda Drive, Sturgeon Falls
Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 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.

East Nipissing Mental Health Services
150 Water Street, Mattawa
Mon to Fri 9 a.m.-4 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
  • Overdose Prevention Line magnet
  • $25 gift card for Walmart, No Frills or Tim Hortons


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


These events are hosted and sponsored by the following agencies:

 

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