Diverse group unites for upcoming Overdose Awareness Day

SARAH PETRESCU / TIMES COLONIST, AUGUST 29, 2017

For the past several months, a group of frontline workers, illicit-drug users and parents have met to discuss how they can better inform the public on the one thing that unites them: The overdose crisis.

“It’s such a diverse mix of people, but we’ve all been affected,” said Leslie McBain, a founding member of Moms Stop the Harm.

The [Victoria] event [for International Overdose Awareness Day] takes place in Centennial Square this Thursday, with community naloxone training, speakers and a vigil. Similar events are taking place in Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River.

Diverse group unites for upcoming Overdose Awareness Day