Large crowd gathers for International Drug Overdose Awareness Day

Kelowna Capital News, September 1, 2017

Residents gathered to share the names of lost ones at the first International Overdose Awareness Day in Kelowna last night.

“It was amazing, it was absolutely amazing,” said organizer Helen Jennens, of Mother’s Stop the Harm.

Jennens wasn’t sure how many people would be involved with the event, but more than 200 people gathered for the Candle Vigil in Stuart Park and 127 naloxone kits were distributed during the day with demonstrations on how to use them.

She had tears in her eyes as around 100 people shared the names of lost loved ones.

Large crowd gathers for International Drug Overdose Awareness Day