On August 31, at 12:15, the needle exchange programs from around Alberta will be observing International Overdose Awareness day on the steps of the Alberta Legislature. This event is to raise awareness, and honour the many lives we have lost due to unintentional drug overdose.

We have a number of amazing speakers, including:

  • The Honourable Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
  • Ms. Petra Schultz – Parent of a person lost to overdose
  • Dr. Verna Yiu – President and CEO of Alberta Health Services
  • Dr. Karen Grimsrud – Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health
  • Jenn McCrindle – Friend of a person lost to overdose
  • Karen Turner – President of AAWEAR (Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly)
  • Jennifer Vanderschaeghe – Turning Point Executive Director, Red Deer
  • Matthew Wong – RN, Streetworks

More information can be found at

Event Posters – Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg

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