International Overdose Awareness Day 2022
The International Overdose Awareness Day that falls on August 31st, is an occasion to spread awareness about many issues such as the drug policies, the availability of Naloxone in Lebanon, stigma and discrimination about overdose and spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable.
SIDC stands in solidarity with people who use/ inject drugs and believe that they should not be criminalized and they have the right to access of treatment and support.
We are joining efforts today, with Skoun, AJEM, MENAHRA, MENANPUD and LPA with the support of the Ministry of public health and the National Mental Health Program to increase the availability of Naloxone in Lebanon.
This year, we focused on overdose awareness and prevention, targeting the general public to support people who use drugs and fight stigma and discrimination. In addition to engaging people who use drugs to learn more about overdose, seek support and reduce harm.
SIDC, the first association to provide harm reduction services in Lebanon, established the harm reduction program in the year 2000, which aimed to reach several key population groups such as People who use Drugs, LGBTQ+, and Men who have sex with Men and Female sex workers, and their partners or peers.
Since establishing this program, SIDC has been working to raise awareness about overdose. In order to reduce the harm caused by criminalizing overdose cases, SIDC has launched several campaigns on how to handle such cases in hospitals and not call the police, as well as raising the voice to compel hospitals and emergency rooms to receive overdose cases as patients having full rights of health, protection and confidentiality.
In 1996, SIDC was the first association to work on developing and reforming the Law on Drugs abuse.
In addition, in 1997, SIDC was the first association to launch community-based awareness programs that adopts peer to peer education, and field workers to introduce community interventions addressing PWUDs, LGBTQ+, MSWs and FSWs.
Our Drop-In Harm Reduction and Treatment Center Escale works daily to receive patients, the Helpline 70983427 is always available to answer, and you can also contact us through Instagram or Facebook.