Town to promote overdose awareness day

Town to promote overdose awareness day

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Lyonel Doherty
Oliver Chronicle

If you see the Town Hall illuminated with purple flood lights, you’ll know it’s International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31.

On Monday, council directed staff to embark on a social media campaign to promote the awareness and erect purple lighting to signify the event.

Councillor Aimee Grice said the observance aligns with the Town’s strategic plan under safe communities. She stressed the importance of removing the stigma to help encourage drug users to seek help.

Grice said many people attended the previous naloxone training session and heard how easy it is to become addicted to opioids just through legitimate prescriptions for pain killers.

She also mentioned the new Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee has identified drug use as a major contributor to crime.

Grice said sharing resources through social media is one step they can take to reduce the crime problem in Oliver.

Mayor Martin Johansen agreed that promoting awareness will go a long way to remove the stigma. He also noted the majority of property crimes is rooted in drug addiction.

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