The AIDS Saskatoon gathering allows members of the community to share stories and commemorate people lost to overdoses.
The Star Phoenix April 16, 2019
“Criminal justice efforts and community shaming is not going to fix the overdose crisis,” advocate Marie Agioritis said.
“Unless the community at large takes enough of a sympathetic ear to actually understand the pragmatic side of why we should help, the cost associated, and so on, we’re not going to see any change.”
Agioritis is the Saskatchewan regional leader for Moms Stop the Harm, an advocacy group formed in 2016 by a group of mothers across Canada who had lost children to overdoses. The group is one of the community-based organizations participating in Saskatoon’s National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis on April 16.