This chart shows the rise in overdose deaths across the province in the last 10 years.

This chart shows the rise in overdose deaths across the province in the last 10 years.

Naloxone training part of overdose awareness event in Abbotsford

Event takes place Thursday, Aug. 30 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

An event in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day takes place in Abbotsford on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. It is being hosted by Positive Living Fraser Valley and SARA for Women.

Guest speakers include Abbotsford Police, local service providers, health and addiction professionals, and family and friends of overdose victims.

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Training in how to administer Naloxone – which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose – will take place throughout the event.

Information booths will also be set up for the duration of the event. Admission is free and includes snacks, dinner and refreshments.

Organizers say that they hope the event helps to clear up misconceptions about overdose, including that people who don’t inject drugs are not at risk.

For more information, call Positive Living Fraser Valley Society at 604-854-1101 or email info@plfv.org.