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  1. 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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    World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day, December 1st, which also launches the start of Aborigianl AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.

    World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. On a national scale, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 65,040 Canadians were living with HIV in 2014, of whom an estimated 52,220 were diagnosed. This means that an estimated 20% of people in Canada with HIV are undiagnosed and unaware they are living with HIV.

    To learn more, visit: CATIE

  4. International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31st

    “Time to Remember. Time to Act” International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. The silver badge or the purple wristband are symbols of awareness of overdose and its effects. Wearing these reinforces the infinite value of each human being, and helps to nullify presumption, prejudice and stigma towards people who use drugs.

    To learn more, visit:  International Overdose Awareness Day

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    World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

    Friday, July 28, 2017 marks World Hepatitis Day. This initiative is in response to the May 2016 World Health Assembly’s where 194 governments  adopted the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years.

    Last year’s theme was “NOhep” while this year’s theme is “Show Your Face.” This campaign invites you to share a photo of yourself accompanied by your own personal “I AM” message to help put a human face to the elimination of viral hepatitis.

  6. International Overdose Awareness Day

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

    For more resources, visit the International Overdose Day website.

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    World Hepatitis Day – July 28, 2016

    2016 is a pivotal year for viral hepatitis. At the World Health Assembly in May, WHO Member States adopted the first ever Elimination Strategy for Viral Hepatitis, with ambitious targets and a goal to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. This will be the first time national governments sign up and commit to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis.

    To mark this historic moment, the theme of elimination for World Hepatitis Day (WHD) 2016 will be used. This means every activity that addresses viral hepatitis is a step towards elimination. In other words, no matter what your plans are to mark WHD, be it a rally or press briefing or screening events, they can all come under the theme of elimination.

    To elevate the theme of elimination NOhep, a global elimination movement, will be launched to bring people together and provide a platform for people to speak out, be engaged and take action to ensure global commitments are met and viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030.

    In order to achieve the NOhep objective of reaching 300 million by 2030, we need your help. Whether you do something as large as launching NOhep on WHD in your country or as simple as signing up to the movement, every action has an impact. Be part of making the elimination of viral hepatitis our next greatest achievement.

    1. SIGN UP: Log on to to sign up to the movement.
    – Please note that will be officially launched on July 28th
    4. ADD NOhep logo to your materials

  8. Support. Don’t Punish

    SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the war on drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalisation of people who use drug
    For more information on all of this, please visit

    A global advocacy campaign calling for drug policies based on health and human rights.

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    World AIDS Day 2015

    In 2014, Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 75,500 Canadians were HIV positive of which 19 per cent were injection drug users. It was also estimated, that same year, that 16,020 people living with HIV remained undiagnosed. It is only through building awareness and expanding access to testing that we can help diagnose people living with HIV, start treatment and prevent further transmission.

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    National Addictions Awareness Week: Nov. 15 – 21

    November 15th to 21st is National Addictions Awareness Week. To honor this event, we’d like to share this short video:

    Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong

    In collaboration with Johann Hari, author of Chasing The Scream, and drawing from ground breaking research by psychologist Bruce Alexander, this video demystifies many of the old beliefs about addiction and introduces recent evidence in a very digestible way that shows us a new perspective: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s human connection.