Flood: The Overdose Epidemic in Canada is a documentary that aims to reduce the stigma around substance use disorder (SUD) and inspire others to take action.  Director: Adam D'Addario
Helping with the VIP portion of this event were Kiwanians President Shirley (centre), Board Member Helen (left) and President-Elect Kathy (right)
August 31 was International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event dedicated to remembering, without stigma, those who have died, and to acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. It’s a time to remember and a time to act.
Tragically, Canadian lives are being taken at an alarming rate by overdose-related deaths. Here in Simcoe Muskoka the statistics are staggering. In the past 2 years Covid has compounded the problem through isolation, increased mental health issues, and the increased pressure of the cost of living. There were:
     •169 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka in 2021 - 25% higher than 2020
     •282 opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka for 22 months during the pandemic - 75% higher than the 22 months prior to the start of the pandemic

These aren’t just stats; these number represent our neighbours, friends and family members.

To align with Overdose Awareness Day, United Way Simcoe Muskoka hosted a documentary screening of Flood: The Overdose Epidemic in Canada, which tells the human story behind the overdose epidemic. Following the screening was a panel discussion with local experts and people with lived experience to shine a light further on this local crisis.