THE STORIES BEHIND THE STATISTICS.
In Canada in 2019, one person died from an overdose every two hours.
Weathered reached almost 9 million people at Yonge & Dundas Square and online between Aug 23rd - Sept 6th, 2020. Coinciding with Overdose Awareness Day
(Aug 31st), Weathered was a digital photography exhibition + fundraising campaign that raised over $10,000 for Street Health's life-saving Overdose Prevention Site.
We are more than just numbers.
Weathered challenged stigmatized conceptions surrounding addiction and overdose by sharing personal photographs, mementos, and stories of those who have lost their lives to an overdose, showcasing the real human impact of the overdose crisis.
Street Health serves a ‘hot spot’ overdose neighbourhood in Toronto + urgently needs community support to continue operation.
VIDEO CREATED BY JESSICA OKONSKI
Street Health’s Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) opened in June 2018 as a response to the increased level of overdoses in Toronto's Sherbourne + Dundas area.
In March 2019, the Ontario Government abruptly ended funding for Street Health's OPS, even as spikes in overdoses have been a regular occurrence due to the poisoned street drug supply. Fortunately, community donors have supported the continued operation of the OPS since this defunding.
Street Health continues to explore every option because the need has not stopped. In 2019/20 the OPS supported over 3,000 client visits and reversed over 50 overdoses. This site is a resource for the community with over 600 referrals to other healthcare services being made annually, a vital support to those who rely on this service.