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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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This year’s International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) occurs as Calgary continues to lose hundreds of citizens to drug poisoning each year. Last year alone, at least 316 people died in Calgary from accidental opioid poisoning; 733 people lost their lives in Alberta. Our public health crisis worsens.

Each year, IOAD is observed globally on August 31st to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and to acknowledge the grief families and friends feel when loved ones are hurt or killed by drug overdose. Change the Face of Addiction and AAWEAR (The Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly) will host Calgary’s IOAD at Calgary City Hall from 12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Last year, we appreciated the interest of public officials to address Calgary’s IOAD gathering. However, in planning this year’s event, it was important to our group and those we serve that the lives of people who use drugs are dignified by speakers who truly understand. Out of respect for grieving families and loved ones, we have planned Calgary’s IOAD to be a platform for only the voices of those who work on the front lines or have lived experience.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose tragedies are preventable and every life matters. We hope you’ll show your support by attending our event, so that the voices of people affected are heard, so that they feel cared for, and so that their wisdom can carry.

Please join us on August 31st at noon, on the steps of City Hall for International Overdose Awareness Day.

We would like to recognize that this event is located on traditional Treaty 7 territory. We honour and acknowledge Moh’kinstsis (Calgary) and those who have called it home before us, including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuu’tina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. This land is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III, as well as many other Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We strive to be better allies and will always promote truth and reconciliation through respect, commitment, openness, and inclusion.


August 31, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Calgary City Hall
800 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta T2P2M5 Canada