On Wednesday, August 29th (two days before International Overdose Awareness Day) First Step will be partnering with 12 other community organisations from St Kilda and surrounds to run the second annual World's Largest Overdose Prevention Training.
We'll gather at the Port Melbourne Town Hall from 5pm for a 5.30 sharp start including:
TRAINING: Small group training from experts in the field on the use of naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose (eg. from heroin use) and save a life! At the conclusion of this training anyone who needs one will receive an overdose reversal kit to take home including ampules of naloxone and all other relevant equipment (needles and syringes etc).
CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION: With the Choir of Hard Knocks and Jimmy Loops we will take time to remember loved ones lost to overdose, but also to celebrate our resilience and our support for each other as a community of compassion.
(From last year's event, Jonathon Welch and the Choir of Hard Knocks liven things up)
The event will conclude by 7.30pm. Please come if you are at all interested in this issue, and particularly if you live with or love someone who is at risk of overdose from heroin or prescription opioid drugs such as oxycodone. There are many ways that we can embody a compassionate approach to addiction, and minimise harms, and this is an important one.
This event is a partnership between First Step, Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery, the Penington Institute, the Salvation Army Crisis Services, Access Health and Community, St Kilda Gatehouse, Ngwala Willumbong, Sacred Heart Mission, the Choir of Hard KNocks, Southcity Clinic, Whitelion, Launch Housing and the City of Port Phillip (who have provided the hall).
Come and be part of it. You'll leave informed, empowered and connected. Promise.
If you can't attend this event, there might be another one more convenient for you. Have a look here for other events.
(Sally Finn, founder of Overdose Awareness Day is one of the organisers again this year.)