The Manitoba Harm Reduction Network and the Play It Safer Network held an Overdose Awareness Day Thursday. People gathered in Pioneer Square for a Memorial March and candle light vigil. The local Networks Tieryn Steele explained the message behind the Walk is bringing awareness to the overdose epidemic that is happening in Canada. She said it’s a time to remember and a time to act so they are going to march to remember those that we have lost or have been permanently affected by overdose and hopefully instigate change and policy reform so people who use drugs have a chance to get better.
Steele added last year we lost 4460 people to overdose in Canada.
The gathering was joined by the Drum and Jingle Dance performers in Pioneer Square and those interested had the opportunity to receive Naloxone training a life saving measure for those suffering an overdose.