Strathmore will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31.

Catherine Walsh with the Strathmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) says it's important to recognize days like this.

“If you have time on August 31, consider joining Strathmore FCSS at one of their events as they assist our community in honouring International Overdose Awareness Day.”

Special events on the day include a Naloxone Training session with lunch that starts at 11:30 at Strathmore Municipal Library courtesy of Josh Poteet from Mint Health + Drugs, followed by a candlelight Vigil at 7pm at the Splash Park Gazebo, courtesy of Trevor Weal and the Strathmore Wheatland Addictions Team.

Strathmore FCSS have placed a purple chair outside of the Strathmore Municipal Building in honour of the day. The Purple Chair campaign is a MomsStopTheHarm initiative that aims to shine a light on the many empty chairs left empty at the dinner table due to overdose.

“The more people that are trained to administer Naloxone, the more lives we can save from overdoses. To access the kits in Alberta, please visit the Alberta Health Services website “Get Naloxone”. That website provides a list of all pharmacies in Alberta that carry the kits. It would be important to speak with the Pharmacist on how to administer Naloxone,” said Walsh.

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