At 1 p.m. on Monday, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall will be at Mr. PG to proclaim August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). This is the first time that the City of Prince George has officially recognized IOAD, despite being hard-hit by the opioid overdose crisis that has claimed thousands of lives in B.C. since it was declared a public health emergency in 2016.
As of the end of June, 2020, there have been 134 recorded overdose deaths in the City of Prince George since 2016. This number is increasing monthly.
Events recognizing IOAD and calling for both an end to the stigmatization of people who use drugs, and immediate action to stop the deaths and harms resulting from the poisoned illicit drug supply include:
• August 24 (1 p.m. at Mr. PG) proclamation, speaker, and flag raising
• “Tie a Purple Ribbon” campaign at private homes and businesses around Prince George for the month of August
• August 31 (1-3:30 p.m. downtown) an afternoon of acknowledgement and remembrance hosted by Positive Living North
• August 31 (5-9 p.m. at Mr PG) drop-in naloxone training and a candlelight vigil hosted by a group of bereaved parents