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  1. Good Samaritan Act – Public Service Announcement

    The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and the Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network have created a short video to raise awareness of Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The act aims to increase the likelihood of a person seeking medical assistance during an overdose emergency by providing  protection from charges pertaining to drug possession when they seek emergency help for an overdose victim. The film and PSA build on previous efforts to improve public awareness about the legal protections offered by the Act, including a fact sheet and wallet-sized information card, both available in English and French.

    These free resources can be found at and at


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  2. International Overdose Awareness Day

    Since 2001 this day of recognition occurs each year on August 31st. Harm reduction agencies around the globe organize events to raise awareness about this important issue. If your program is hosting an event for International Overdose Awareness Day, please register your event. To view events that have already been registered, look here.


    In 2016 there were at least 2,946 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada with another 2,923 occurring between January and September 2017. These reports do not include deaths caused by drugs other than opioids, so the total number of drug-induced deaths will be somewhat higher. Source:

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    World Hepatitis Day – Saturday July 28th

    Every year on July 28th we raise global awareness of viral hepatitis. This year’s theme, Finding the Missing Millions, is aimed at finding the estimated 300 million people worldwide who are unaware that they are living with viral hepatitis. To find out more or to get involved, CLICK HERE.

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    International Harm Reduction Awareness Day, May 7th

    This year’s theme is YOU, Harm-reductionist Heroes:
    Peer Drug Users, Professional, Volunteers.
    Get communicating: Tweet using the hashtag #IHRD18 & #HarmReductionHeroes to help build momentum for the day and add a Twibbon to your Facebook & Twitter profile picture

    The Yellow Cross was created in Denmark by a civil society and indicates a drug consumption room and that harm reduction is practiced here.