Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.
Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. It is also a time to remember our loved ones who lost their battle to addiction.
The world is battling a horrible epidemic of addiction. Locally, here in Pittsburgh we are loosing so many loved ones to this disease.
Today, International Overdose Day is about remember those we have lost and fighting the stigma of addiction. I believe with all of my heart that if we can stop stigmatizing addiction and mental illness we can make the world a better place. Many people that are suffering do not reach out for help because of the shame they feel already and the stigma just adds to that shame.
Stigma in general is something that needs to end, it affects so many people on so many levels and accomplishes NOTHING. Today, open your heart and show compassion and love. Instead of putting people down pass hope and love.
There are events around the global today in memory of our lost loved ones. Attend an event and have compassion for your fellow neighbor.
If you are near Brentwood, please join me tonight at 7 PM at St. Peter’s for a candlelight vigil sponsored by my our friends at John F. Slater’s.
Thank you John F. Slater Funeral Home for your continued support and compassion to our community.