I finally moved out of the housing situation from hell, and Mr. L and I are slowly settling in to our new apartment. Such a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I no longer feel as though I am constantly drowning in negativity, and constantly worn out. I'm also free of all that terrible mould. It feels fantastic, you guys. Our new home is 1 of 6 units in a century-old house, just outside of downtown. The unit even still has a couple vintage 'Push-Button light switches', which are original to the house. I had never seen one of these before moving in!
Now, onto the exciting, Rally stuff!
This years event is focusing on ensuring there is comprehensive public approach to opioid overdose. Here are the FEDUP! recommendations:
- Make Naloxone more readily available and cost effective by including it in provincial drug plans, and available over-the-counter
- Scale up community-based and institutional overdose programs and training on how to prevent, recognize and respond to overdose
- Scale up overdose training programs for first responders
- Reduce the barriers to calling emergency services/911 during a drug overdose event (Good Samaritan Legislation)
- Implement appropriate guidelines for opioid prescribing that does not limit access to needed pain medication or result in further discrimination against people who use drug
- Increase the timely collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on drug overdose event
There will also be some fantastic speakers and guests! We will be joined by Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC), HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Canadian Association of Nurses in Aids Care (CANAC), Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), Mums United and Mandated to Saving the lives of Drug Users (MUMSDU), Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP Canada), Randy Roberts of SHARC Brantford, Donna D May of Jac's Voice, myself, and more!
Toronto's 'The Works' Van will also be present at the Rally to provide on-site Naloxone training and kits to anyone who is either a current or past opioid user, prescribed or not. Come on out and get trained!
The Addict's Mom Canada and MumsDU will join together to hold a 'Lights of Hope' candle ceremony. Red candles will be used to represent those still suffering in active addiction, white candles for those who have found their way out and are in recovery, and silver candles for those who we have lost and for whom we grieve. As each candle is revealed during the ceremony, the names of loved ones will be read aloud to memorialize their lives.
To top it all off, we will be displaying a 'Mural of Life' to help us show just how far reaching opioid overdose truly is. We will commemorate all those whose lives have in some way been affected by opioid overdose, whether it be the overdose of a friend, family member, co-worker, or personal. It's still not too late to add your name and photo (optional) to the Mural if you've been affected in some way by an opiate overdose; you have until Saturday, September 26th at Midnight to submit your information via this form.
I am super excited for it, and I really hope to see some of you there!
I will be tweeting and sharing pictures throughout the Rally and my entire trip, so make sure you Follow me on Twitter (@studiolonline) and @rufedupca, as well as the hashtag #rufedupca to get in on all of the fun via social media, too. It should be quite the fun-filled trip, as I literally haven't left town in probably a good 5 years, and it's been even longer since I've stayed in a hotel. I'm really looking forward to getting away for a night, and meeting some fantastic new people. Since I typically take my dose of Methadone every day in the Pharmacy instead of having take-home doses, my Doc was kind enough to loan me a lock-box to ensure my dose is stored safely for my trip!
Be sure to come out, join in, and show your support!
What: 2nd Annual ruFEDUPca Rally for Canadian Drug Policy Reform
When: September 30th, from 12pm-3pm
Where: Legislative Grounds at Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario