Overdose Awareness Day

OD Awareness Day has an odd ring to it, particularly if you travel in mainly middle-class circles.  For street folk, however, it’s a reminder of a constant presence, of the tragic fate that stalks and kills so many around you.  In Ottawa, OD’s are responsible for more deaths each year than traffic accidents.

I know that harm reduction measures are controversial in North America.  It seems counter-intuitive, and somehow wrong, to make it easier and safer for addicts to get their fix, for alcoholics to get a drink.  The results, however, are indisputable.  Fewer hospital visits, fewer deaths, less property crime, a reduction in  AIDS and Hepatitis.  And it brings addicts into the “system” where, in time, there’s a chance they’ll use the resources there to beat the demons and  recover.

I don’t recall who said it, but they said it best:  “You can’t quit if you’re dead.”

The Ottawa Mission – Overdose Awareness Day

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