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International Overdose Awareness Day & Recovery Month

Christine Elliott, MPP Newmarket-Aurora, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions recently released a statement as Ontario recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day. Every year, more than one million Ontarians experience mental health or addiction challenges, and we know the COVID-19 pandemic has created new and more complex obstacles than we have ever seen before. This is an opportunity to raise awareness around substance use disorders and break down the stigma around drug use, addiction, and drug-related death.

Ontario is joining organizations around the world in recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day — a day to raise awareness of substance use disorders and break down the stigma around drug use, addiction, and drug-related death.

We encourage all Ontarians to acknowledge the grief felt by those who are mourning loved ones, provide support and encouragement to one another, raise awareness, and learn about the available resources to educate people who use drugs and to prevent overdose.

The government has been laser-focused on enhancing access to evidence-based, high-quality addictions services and ensuring the availability of needed supports across the continuum of care.

This includes an additional $32.7 million in ongoing annual funding that was announced in July for targeted addictions services and supports, including treatment for opioid addictions.

There are many ways to show your support to those experiencing the grief of losing someone to an overdose. Help us start the conversation by using the hashtag #IOAD2021 and/or #EndOverdose throughout the day, and let’s end the stigma around addictions and recovery.

Find free supports that are right for you: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-people#section-4

Contact ConnexOntario to find the right addictions program or support for you. https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/

Breaking Free Online is a free online therapy tool that makes it faster and easier for Ontarians 16+ to access effective #addictions support. Helps with prevention, early intervention, and rehabilitation. Decreases chance of relapse. Register at www.breakingfreeonline.ca 

Good2Talk provides free confidential addictions support for post-secondary students in Ontario. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868. http://good2talk.ca

To learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/1000773/ontario-recognizing-international-overdose-awareness-day