Rally regarding urgent health crisis!

Friday, August 30 there will be a public demonstration known as International Overdose Awareness Day 2013. This event is intended to raise awareness about drug use in the Ottawa area and beyond. Speakers will range from former drug consumers to current health care providers – offering varied insight into a complex national issue. This demonstration will challenge the status-quo and advocate health care that prevents overdose deaths. Overdose Awareness Day 2013 is meant to provoke action, on the basis of scientific evidence and human compassion. As it stands now an individual in Ottawa will die of a drug overdose every ten days.

Supporters will gather at 11am at the Human Rights Monument on the corner of Elgin and Lisgar street. After the speakers’ addresses, the group will march to Parliament Hill. From there the peaceful, public demonstration will commemorate the 36 Ottawa residents who have died in the last year from drug overdose. The event is expected to end at 1pm.

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