Clondalkin services launch campaign to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Clondalkin services launch campaign to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

By Maurice Garvey

COMMUNITY based services in Clondalkin launch a social media campaign today (Monday, August 31) which also marks International Overdose Awareness Day.

Service Users Developing Solidarity (SUDS), Neart Le Cheile, Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, CASP, Tus Nua, Station one and CTDG, will light up their Clondalkin buildings in purple to show solidarity with all those who have lost their lives through overdose and their families.

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The groups intend to post pictures to as many social media platforms as possible to raise awareness of overdose and encourage the community to get involved and share on social media to make this a community wide effort in support of International Overdose Awareness Day. 

SUDS will also be producing a podcast today at 6pm, with guest speaker Denis O Driscoll, a former HSE Chief Pharmacist, and Project Lead with the Naloxone Demonstration Project, discussing the issue of overdose, ways to recognise it and ways to prevent it.


This podcast ‘S.U.D.S (Service Users Developing Solidarity)-Discussing Overdose with Denis O Driscoll’ will be available across all social media platforms to listen to and share.

Check SUDS twitter page @SUDSClondalkin1 or Facebook page SUDS-Service Users Developing Solidarity for more information.

Drug related deaths in Ireland continue to increase year on year.

In 2017 a total of 786 people died from a drug related death – 376 deaths were a direct result of an overdose. More than 1 person died from overdose each day in 2017.

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