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Statement​ ​on​ ​International​ ​Overdose​ ​Awareness​ ​Day

Statement​ ​on​ ​International​ ​Overdose​ ​Awareness​ ​Day
For​ ​immediate​ ​release
August​ ​31,​ ​2017

Victoria – Andrew​ ​Weaver,​ ​Leader​ ​of​ ​the​ ​B.C.​ ​Green​ ​caucus​ ​and​ ​MLA​ ​for​ ​Oak​ ​Bay-Gordon​ ​Head,​ ​and Sonia​ ​Furstenau,​ ​MLA​ ​for​ ​Cowichan​ ​Valley,​ ​have​ ​issued​ ​the​ ​following​ ​statement​ ​to​ ​mark International​ ​Overdose​ ​Awareness​ ​Day:

“Today​ ​marks​ ​International​ ​Overdose​ ​Awareness​ ​Day,​ ​a​ ​global​ ​event​ ​held​ ​to​ ​raise awareness​ ​of​ ​overdose,​ ​reduce​ ​the​ ​stigma,​ ​and​ ​acknowledge​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​responsibility​ ​we all​ ​have​ ​to​ ​support​ ​our​ ​community​ ​members​ ​in​ ​need,”​ ​said​ ​MLA​ ​Weaver.

“One​ ​life​ ​lost​ ​is​ ​heartbreaking;​ ​the​ ​scale​ ​of​ ​this​ ​emergency​ ​can​ ​hardly​ ​be​ ​articulated​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way that​ ​respects​ ​and​ ​represents​ ​the​ ​grief​ ​felt​ ​around​ ​B.C.

“Fentanyl-related​ ​overdoses​ ​are​ ​happening​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​province​ ​and​ ​our​ ​ridings​ ​are​ ​no exception.​ ​The​ ​reach​ ​and​ ​magnitude​ ​of​ ​this​ ​crisis​ ​has​ ​been​ ​tragic.​ ​The​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​it​ ​has​ ​only continued​ ​to​ ​escalate​ ​since​ ​the​ ​B.C.​ ​Ministry​ ​of​ ​Health​ ​declared​ ​it​ ​a​ ​public​ ​health​ ​emergency over​ ​a​ ​year​ ​ago​ ​is​ ​horrific​ ​in​ ​its​ ​own​ ​right.”

MLA​ ​Furstenau​ ​continued,​ ​“We​ ​remember​ ​all​ ​those​ ​who​ ​have​ ​lost​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​to​ ​this​ ​epidemic and​ ​stand​ ​with​ ​the​ ​families,​ ​friends,​ ​and​ ​loved​ ​ones​ ​who​ ​mourn​ ​their​ ​loss.

“We​ ​must​ ​use​ ​compassion​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​in​ ​approaching​ ​this​ ​issue.​ ​We​ ​must​ ​reduce the​ ​stigma​ ​and​ ​shame​ ​too​ ​often​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​addiction.​ ​Addiction​ ​is​ ​a​ ​health​ ​issue​ ​and must​ ​be​ ​treated​ ​as​ ​such.

“Today,​ ​we​ ​reaffirm​ ​our​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​people​ ​struggling​ ​with​ ​addiction,​ ​the​ ​families​ ​and friends​ ​of​ ​drug-dependent​ ​loved​ ​ones,​ ​frontline​ ​workers,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​medical​ ​community.​ ​In​ ​our public​ ​and​ ​private​ ​lives,​ ​we​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​you,​ ​learning​ ​from​ ​you,​ ​and​ ​doing everything​ ​we​ ​can​ ​to​ ​build​ ​a​ ​path​ ​out​ ​of​ ​this​ ​crisis.”

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