FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John Council is proclaiming the week of August 25 to the 31 as ‘Overdose Awareness Week’.
At a Council meeting on Monday, Julianne Kucheran and Alisa Froh, of the FSJ Community Action Team, made the proposal of proclamation to Council.
According to Froh, the reason behind having the last week of August proclaimed as Overdose Awareness Week is because it aligns with International Overdose Awareness Day, which is held on Agust 31.
Started in 2001, the Awareness campaign was initiated by the Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia and since 2012, it has been coordinated by local non-profit public health organizations around the world as a way to raise awareness of the occurrence of drug overdoses in communities.
Over the past year, the FSJ CAT, comprised of over 30 community organizations and 65 individuals, has conducted programming and initiatives related to prevention, education and awareness, harm reduction, treatment and aftercare of drug use.
Overdose Awareness Week is August 25 to 31 in Fort St. John.
Here is a list of events taking place during Overdose Awareness Week:
- Monday, August 26 12-1 pm @ Northern Lights College Campus Room 202: Lunch & Learn, including a screening of ‘Bevel Up’ documentary
- Tuesday, August 27 3:30-5: 30 pm @ FSJ Friendship Centre: Harm Reduction training, including Naloxone training led by ICMT – Candlelight Vigil to follow (tentative)
- Friday, August 30 12pm-1pm @ 100th and 100th: Community BBQ sponsored by the Salvation Army