September has been one excitingly busy month, and it's only going to get better. On the 30th of the month, I'll be heading to Toronto to make some noise for drug policy reform in Canada at the FEDUP! Rally, and I want YOU to come out and join me!
First of all, I know my last update said that things would be back up and running as usual here on the blog once September rolled around, but my goodness, have I ever been busy! Between the move, unpacking, cleaning, organizing, family, responsibilities, and lending my time to help with planning the Rally, the blog has admittedly been neglected. For that, I apologize. I do want to share a few quick updates, and encourage you all to come out and show your support for the upcoming FEDUP! Rally.
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!
Getting everything organized and set up in the new apartment has kept me extremely busy, but it feels absolutely wonderful to finally have a place that feels like a 'home' again.
Now, onto the exciting, Rally stuff!
The month of September marks the 2nd annual FEDUP! Rally for Drug Policy Reform in Canada. The FEDUP! Rally is run by the amazing Donna D. May of 'Jac's Voice', with the goal of creating Canadian drug policy that is based on science, epidemiology and fact. The Rally takes place on September 30th, from 12pm-3pm on the Legislative Grounds of Queen's Park, Toronto.
This years event is focusing on ensuring there is comprehensive public approach to opioid overdose. Here are the FEDUP! recommendations:
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.
You can register for FEDUP! Rally updates through EventBrite to ensure you don't miss out on any updates or events! To register, click here.
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
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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