Bringing attention to overdose

International Overdose Awareness Day was held in Thunder Bay on Wednesday at the entrance to the Kaministiquia River Heritage Park at the corner of Donald and Simpson streets. The event featured community resource booths, overdose prevention training, free naloxone, and ways to make tributes to loved ones. Overdose Awareness Day is held every year on Aug. 31 to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and substance use. Participating community groups included the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, NorWest Community Health Centres, Team DEK, Gone too Soon Bereavement Group, Thunder Bay Police Service, Canadian Mental Health Association, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Hospice Northwest, and People Advocating for Change Through Empowerment.