Overdose Memorial Spreads Message of Hope

February 20, 2019. Article by: Government of BC

A powerful symbol of the scale of B.C.’s overdose emergency extends along a stretch of highway on Vancouver Island.

It includes almost four thousand pieces of twine – each for a person who lost their life to overdose in Canada in 2017 – and over 100 brightly-coloured flags with names of people who have died. At one end of the display is a group of white flags, each representing a person predicted to die of overdose in B.C. in any given week.

The 120-foot display hangs from Comox resident [and MSTH advocate] Judith Conway’s garden fence; a touching memorial to the lives that have been lost to overdose. It shows the devastating number of people and families that have been affected. And it has also been a way for Judith to process her own grief.

Overdose Memorial Spreads Message of Hope