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International Overdose Awareness Day

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International Overdose Awareness Day

30th August 2013

Saturday 31st August is International Overdose Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug and alcohol related deaths. It also spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable and encourages open discussion around the realities of drug and alcohol misuse.

At Anchor House, over 30% of our residents have some form of substance misuse issues and each year we hold over 300 AA and CA sessions which are attended by both our residents and members of the local community. As part of our newly launched Recovery Hub, we also run a Recovery Café every Sunday from 1 – 4pm, which aims to enable people who are going through recovery to discuss their stories and socialise with like-minded people.

International Overdose Awareness Day cites prevention and remembrance as its main themes, and to mark this we will be hosting an awareness event, in conjunction with East London Foundation Trust, for all members of the local community on Friday 30th August from 2 – 4pm at Anchor House.

Following the idea that ‘Anyone can be affected by overdose’, the sessions will include viewing the hard hitting short film ‘Going Over’, which presents four reality based overdose scenarios, a workshop explaining how and why overdose happens and a qualified trainer will be demonstrating resuscitation techniques.

There will also be the opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their own experiences with like-minded people, and a ‘Remembrance Book’ will be available for people to write down thoughts of loved ones, past experiences and any thought about the day.

For more information about our Recovery Hub please click here to watch a recent video blog from our Director, Keith Fernett, and Project Co-ordinator, Charlotte Rains.





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