Event aims to save lives
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RESIDENTS are invited to light a candle and write a message to remember those who’ve lost their lives to a drug overdose.
Students studying Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Certificate IV in Mental Health at Mt Druitt TAFE are running the event tomorrow night at Dawson Mall to create awareness about overdose prevention.
The event, from 5.30-8pm, follows International Overdose Awareness Day on Monday, which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drugrelated death.
Mt Druitt TAFE community services teacher Kylie Wilson said she hoped the night helped to dispel the myths surrounding drug overdose.
“Overdose deaths (1427) outnumbered traffic fatalities (1338) in Australia in 2011/2012,” Ms Wilson said.
“People commonly think of overdose as linked to il- legal drug use, however deaths from pharmaceutical medications are surpassing these.”
As well as hosting a remembrance wall, Ms Wilson’s students will hold an information stall.
“The project not only teaches the theory related to developing successful projects but also importantly gives students the ability to implement these in their community,” she said.
Ms Wilson said she hoped the event created awareness about overdose prevention and gave families and friends who have lost loved ones from an overdose a chance to remember them.
“If members of the community would like more in- formation about overdose or would like to remember a loved one, they are welcome to come and place a personal tribute,” Ms Wilson said.
For more information about overdose awareness, go to overdoseday.com.
The Mt Druitt TAFE team is holding a candlelight memorial in Dawson Mall.
Michael Sergi and Giuseppe Rositano with Will and Steve.