Please join us with friends, families and coworkers in commemorating International Family Drug Support Day (IFDSD) 2018 with our global partners across the miles.
The 1st National Family Drug Support Day (IFDSD) was held on February 24, 2016–the anniversary of the passing of our good friend Tony Trimingham’s beloved son Damien from a drug related overdose. Tony, the founder of Australia’s Family Drug Support, partnered with FSDP to bring IFDSD to the United States in 2017 and the day has now become an annual international event to highlight the need for families like ours to not only be recognized and heard but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their concerns and their needs.
Thanks to all of the amazing participants who came out strong to make last years event a huge success! We are excited to unite old friends and welcome new ones, as we invite everyone to host a gathering—large or small–and raise awareness in your communities. Watch and share this important video about IFDSD with a heartfelt message by Tony.
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS #SUPPORTTHEFAMILYIMPROVETHE OUTCOME
The objectives of IFDSD are to:
- Reduce stigma and discrimination for families and drug users
- Promote family drug support services for families and friends
- Promote harm reduction strategies for families and friends
In addition, the following issues will be highlighted:
- The important role of FDS and FSDP volunteers in providing family support in the US, Australia, and the world
- Reducing fatal and nonfatal overdoses from drugs including pharmaceuticals
- Promoting the widespread availability of naloxone
- Promote greater inclusion of family members in the decision making process for families experiencing problematic drug use
- Promoting greater support and resources for treatment services for those who want it and need it
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR EVENT:
- Be an ambassador for change in your neighborhood by raising awareness within your community
- Request to meet with your local schools, doctors, political representatives, law enforcement and clergy and we will provide you with a tool kit and promotional materials to support you in your advocacy. Talking points for communicating with the public are here.
- Invite friends, family or coworkers to share an informal gathering over food or coffee to share discussion and voice the issues.
- Call your local state and federal legislators. To locate your US representative click here. Talking points for communicating with the legislators are here.
- Host a harm reduction workshop
- Invite stakeholders to participate in a naloxone training
- Promote IFDSD on social media: #SupportTheFamilyImproveTheOutcome
All participants will receive a personal event page that will showcase your organization and identify you as a supporter of this important event.
We welcome your ideas so please feel to be as creative as you like.
Our global community of families have been devastated by the complex challenges surrounding substance use. As we remember those we have lost with a heavy heart, we also celebrate tremendous victories, such as the recent commitment by the federal government to approach the opioid epidemic with a public health response and greater access to medication-assisted treatment, and wider availability of the opioid antidote naloxone.
FSDP is privileged to serve a growing network of families, professionals and advocates whose ardent stories bear testimony that seeks to implement innovative public health initiatives with the goal of reducing the harms.
International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2017 #IOAD17 was a heartfelt day of love, remembrance and connection surrounded by cherished friends. On this day, we gathered in solidarity to honor our loved ones who said goodbye much too soon and to demand change for all still at risk who deserve to access the compassion and science needed to save their lives!
At right, from left to right: VOCAL NY’s Terrell Jones, FSDP Co-founders Carol Katz Beyer and Barry Lessin
International Overdose Awareness Day #IOAD17 is a heartfelt and emotionally charged reminder for our families that far too many of us have endured the unimaginable loss of our loved ones to overdose.
Last year more than 59,000 lives were lost as a consequence of accidental overdose and each year on August 31, friends and advocates unite in their grief to demand more from state, local and federal agencies. Research shows that many of these deaths could have been prevented by ensuring that our loved ones had access to the same continuum of care offered to individuals diagnosed with other complex health conditions.
Our families deserve person-centered screenings and alternative solutions that meet them where they are with the goal of optimal health and wellness based on individual needs and unique circumstance. The encouraging news is that a preponderance of evidenced based research exists that will increase access to lifesaving services and restore some of the humanity and support that families impacted by substance use deserve and we need your help to raise awareness!
Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) is privileged to serve a growing network of families whose ardent stories bear testimony to our global community that seeks to implement innovative public health initiatives with the goal of reducing the harms. We are launching a membership drive to commemorate International Drug Overdose Awareness Day and invite you to JOIN US in solidarity and remembrance for those lost and to demand an urgent public health response to save the lives of those who still remain at serious risk for fatal overdose.
JOIN us for International Overdose Awareness Day and support our families. Sign up now for our membership drive and receive FSDP’s Resource List For Advocates and FSDP Co-Founder Barry Lessin’s articles on Parenting from a Harm Reduction Perspective.
Together, we can change ineffective policies and attitudes shrouded in punishment and stigma and advance sensible health based solutions that offer our families the dignity and healing we deserve.