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Espanola and Sagamok hosting International Overdose Awareness Day events tomorrow

Espanola hosting walk for International Awareness Overdose Day Espanola will be hosting a walk for International Awareness Overdose Day. Local organizer, Linda Collins, says a local advocacy group is hosting the walk to increase the awareness of opioid overdoses, the stigma attached to the losses, and the lack of services and programs to assist those she says need it most. Collins says homelessness and poverty have a profound effect on individuals dealing with opioid addictions and it is important for the public to understand how it has a profound effect on individuals, their families, friends, and the wider community. She says a walk will be held on August 31st from 12 noon until two pm starting from the town office down Highway Six to the Espanola Mall. She adds Public Health Sudbury & Districts will host a demonstration and individuals can share their stories dealing with the crisis.

Sagamok is also hosting its own event with the public invited from both within and outside of the community. Sagamok-Anishnawbek First Nation is inviting the wider community to the annual International Overdose Awareness Day. Co-organizer Candace Mandamin says the walk will acknowledge the grief of family and friends, address the stigma of drug-related deaths and help spread awareness of overdoses. She says the day is marked on August 31st and will begin at 3 pm in the Community Wellness Department parking lot with an opening prayer and smudge ceremony by Wayne Southwind. The walk will wind its way down to the park by the river where community members will share their stories as well as naloxone training for attendees. The day will be capped off with the lighting of lanterns in memory of loved ones at nine pm. She encourages anyone from outside communities to also take part. She adds the public is also encouraged to wear purple, the official colour of the movement, in support of the initiative. For more information contact Mandamin at 705-865-2171.

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