August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. It will mark 139 days since the Province declared a public health emergency over the rate of overdose in BC. The most recent Coroner's report (August 10th, 2016) states that approximately 200 people have died from overdose since the announcement of the public health emergency. Three hundred and seventeen people have died from overdose during the first 6 months of this year in BC. This is a 74% increase from the already tragically high rate of this time last year. These deaths are preventable and increased surveillance of people who use drugs and data collection are not adequate responses to an emergency. The provincial government has tools that have been proven effective at their disposal and they need to use them. One of these tools is supervised consumption services (SCS). In over 90 SCS across the world, there has not been a single overdose death. To raise awareness about the events taking place in Victoria on International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st), Yes2SCS and Kay Gallivan (local muralist/artist) have created a collective mural on the side of WildFire Organic Bakery & Cafe. Yes2SCS members collaborated with Kay Gallivan on the design, colours, and concepts used throughout the mural. Walk on by and check it out - please share on social media and get the word out about August 31st. A million thank you's to WildFire for hosting our mural, your support is greatly appreciated! Below are a series of photos showing our process throughout the day. Stay tuned here and on FaceBook for more information about events taking place in the community on International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st).