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International Overdose Awareness Day

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Prevention and Remembrance

Memory Prayer Circle       

August 31 - Lookout Society welcomed local MLA's and other representatives to remember the lives of those lost to overdose. We gathered to demonstrate solidarity in support of increasing addictions treatment and health services for drug users in the British Columbia, most notably in the city of Surrey. 

In attendance we were honoured to host MP of Surrey Centre Randeep S. Sarai, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey Newton Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers Sue Hammell, and MLA for Surrey-Whalley Bruce Ralston. We also received a letter of support from Surrey City Councillor Vera LeFrance, which was read aloud by our North Shore Community Coordinator, Ken Falconer.  

Rodney Olinek, Positive Health Coordinator at the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre, lead a somber memorial service and healing circle at the event.  We are thankful also to Elder Glen C. Williams from the Lil'wat Nation who offered a blessing to open the event. 

Lookout Society recognizes that an overdose can affect any community at any time.  With the recent and dramatic increase in overdoses linked to fentanyl we see an enormous need to do more in protecting and helping some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

Check out our Facebook photo album of the event here

We are very thankful to everyone who attended and participated.  We knbow that while people may have differences of opinion, each of us respects the lives of those lost to overdose.  We recognize that we must not only be aware, but take action to prevent further deaths. 

 

Learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day here.

Read the BC Coroner’s report on fentanyl-related deaths.

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Guests sign a memorial sign to be placed on display at the Lookout Front Room Resource Centre in Surrey.