International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. It aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death.
It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of overdose.
Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Last year in Fife, 45 people were lost due to drug-related death. With that in mind the ADP support team and around 30 volunteers visited various venues throughout Fife to spread the message and raise awareness for IOAD.
A mixture of staff from various services in Fife visited Cupar County Buildings & High Street, Leven High Street, Glenrothes Kingdom Centre, Templehall Shops & Community Market in Kirkcaldy, Lochore High Street, Cowdenbeath High Street, Kinsgate Centre and Abbeyview Centre in Dunfermline & Oakley High Street.
Following these awareness raising sessions, volunteers and members of the public were invited back to Lochore Meadows for a barbecue, some games and a short remembrance ceremony.
Attendees were able to play giant Jenga, 10 pin bowling & try out our assault course using beer goggles.
Finally, our harm reduction lead, Gareth Balmer gave a speech & reminded everyone how important it is to continue our efforts to prevent drug-related deaths, 45 single white roses, one for each individual lost in Fife last year, were handed out to passers by in the hope that they could take them away & spread the message.
We would like to take this time to thank each of the volunteers who helped on the day and give special thanks to Hala Zaluczkowska and her volunteers from Phoenix Futures who took care of the barbecue, it was delicious!
We hope that this event will only be the beginning in raising awareness regarding overdose in Fife & hope that next year with the help of our partners we can plan a bigger and better event to mark the occasion.
Our Cupar group (Christine Bowie, Nova Pinfold & Vikki Carson) with Councillor Bill Connor
Suzanne Gallagher from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs came along to support us on the day.
Some of the volunteers preparing the Kelly Kettle for teas and coffees
Gareth (Addaction) and Kenton (F.I.R.S.T) competing in the beer goggle assault course
45 roses were handed out to signify each person in Fife lost to overdose in 2016