UNITE WITH US ON INTERNATIONAL FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT DAY!

#SUPPORTTHEFAMILYIMPROVETHE OUTCOME

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SUPPORT THE FAMILY VOICE AND CHANGE THE WORLD!


In the spirit of bringing families and communities together, we deeply appreciate your ongoing support to ensure that the family voice continues to be heard through the lens of a public health crisis.

We invite you to stand with our growing circle of FSDP friends and global partners in our battle to empower families, restore health, and save lives

Please join us in commemorating International Family Drug Support Day (IFDSD) 2018 to support our families impacted by substance use.

Your gift no matter how big or small will help us save more lives by changing the way our policies and society interact with our families.

The 1st National Family Drug Support Day 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.

THIS YEAR'S THEME IS #SUPPORTTHEFAMILYIMPROVETHE OUTCOME

The objectives of the International Day 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.

Interested in hosting an event? Please contact Barry Lessin barry@fsdp.org or Carol Katz Beyer carol@fsdp.org for more information.

Thanks to all of the amazing participants who came out strong to make last year's IFDSD 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 the video below with an important message from Tony Trimingham.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR AN 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
Thank you for supporting our families. Your generosity and ongoing support for events like this makes a difference!