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Flood: the Overdose Epidemic in Canada
August 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This is a Free Event
August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event dedicated to remembering, without stigma, those who have died, and to acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. It’s a time to remember and a time to act.
Tragically, Canadian lives are being taken at an alarming rate by overdose-related deaths. Here in Simcoe Muskoka the statistics are staggering. In the past 2 years Covid has compounded the problem through isolation, increased mental health issues, and the increased pressure of the cost of living. There were:
•169 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka in 2021 – 25% higher than 2020
•282 opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka for 22 months during the pandemic – 75% higher than the 22 months prior to the start of the pandemic
These aren’t just stats; these number represent our neighbours, friends and family members.
To align with Overdose Awareness Day, United Way Simcoe Muskoka is hosting a documentary screening of Flood: The Overdose Epidemic in Canada, which tells the human story behind the overdose epidemic. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with local experts and people with lived experience to shine a light further on this local crisis.