Individuals, municipalities and organizations across Greater Victoria are marking International Overdose Awareness Day in their own ways as they remember the lives lost to the overdose crisis.
Moms Stop The Harm is hosting a candlelight vigil of remembrance at 6:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed from the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – with the feed available on the group’s Facebook page – and will feature words of remembrance and live music by musician Jill Cooper.
SOLID Outreach Society, AVI Health and Community Services and Peers Victoria Resource Society are hosting a free barbecue from 2 to 4 p.m. in the 1000-block of Pandora Avenue (across from the Save-On-Foods store).
FYI: For Overdose Awareness Day – SOLID, AVI and PEERS are hosting a free BBQ from 2-4pm today in the 1000 block of Pandora across from Save-On #yyj
— Our Place Society (@ourplacesociety) August 31, 2021
And if you’ve been out and about in local communities, you’ve probably noticed purple ribbons around town, tied to telephone poles and streetlights. Look closer and you’ll see a photo and a story of someone who died of a drug overdose. They’ve been put up by the families of those who died, as a memorial and in hopes the display will spark curiosity from passersby.
Sidney resident Niki Lucas shared her son’s story with Black Press Media this week. Dustin was 16 when he died of an accidental opioid overdose in February 2016. His picture is one of three adorned with purple ribbons in downtown Sidney.
Lucas, a member of Moms Stop The Harm, said her conscience won’t let her see Aug. 31 pass without marking International Overdose Awareness Day. “We are trying to save your children, it’s too late for ours,” she said in an interview.
You can read her story here.
In the City of Victoria, a flag to mark the day has been raised and lowered to half-mast at city hall. It will remain until tomorrow morning and the building will be lit in purple this evening.
A flag to mark #InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay has been raised and lowered to half-mast at #yyj City Hall. The flag will remain at half-mast until the morning of Sept. 1, and City Hall will be lit in purple this evening. https://t.co/4QnucpDSt4 pic.twitter.com/WLUM7RatOt
— City of Victoria (@CityOfVictoria) August 31, 2021
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