Event aims to save lives

TRAGEDY PUT IN SPOTLIGHT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

The Mt Druitt TAFE team is hold­ing a can­dle­light me­mo­rial in Daw­son Mall.

Michael Sergi and Giuseppe Rosi­tano with Will and Steve.

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