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Lit Up In Purple: The Alcohol and Drug Partnership prepares for International Overdose Awareness Day

Perth & Kinross Council's Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) which works to prevent addiction is backing this year's International Overdose Awareness Day on 31 August.

The Partnership's aim is to raise community awareness around the dangers of overdosing and reducing the stigma that surrounds drug-related death while acknowledging that through action, further death and severe injuries due to overdose can be prevented.

Reflection

By participating in this day of reflection, the loss and sadness of those who have lost loved ones will be recognised and those no longer with us will be commemorated.

The Alcohol and Drug Partnership will join with institutions around the world who are lighting up their buildings to mark the day. Perth & Kinross Council buildings will be lit in purple light to signify our support for this global message of condolence and acceptance.

Personal Stories

We also encourage members of the community to reach out and lend their support to the event. We will be promoting the hash-tags #NoMoreDeaths and #EndOverdose on Twitter on the day of the event and encourage members of the public to tell their stories, on Twitter, Facebook, or in an environment of their own choice.

Councillor Eric Drysdale, Chair of the Perth & Kinross Integration Joint Board commented: "Everybody who has been lost to overdose is an individual worth remembering. They are somebody's son or daughter, somebody's mother or father, a friend or a hero to those left behind. For too long, too many families, groups of friends and larger communities have been left to grieve quietly following the shock of losing a loved one."

Vice Chair, Mr Bob Benson added "This year's World Overdose Awareness Day is especially poignant it acts as an important reminder of the importance of ensuring everyone has access to the appropriate support they need, especially as many people are feeling isolated and anxious due to the current pandemic."

Please remember, if you, a loved one or a friend is in need of help, advice or assistance, please visit https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/17261/Alcohol-and-drugs for information on the relevant PKC services and a useful contact details.