To highlight this year's International Overdose Awareness Day, BDP's Creative Community groups are taking to the streets of Bristol City Centre and showcasing a public pop-up performance.

Featuring members from BDP's drama group, orchestra and choir, the performance is being held in partnership with Brighton-based arts and recovery organisations, who are simultaneously hosting their own performances in Brighton City Centre. 

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Held annually, the aim of International Overdose Awareness Day is to both raise awareness and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, while remembering those who have died because of drug overdose.

Come along, bring your friends, enjoy the performances and show your support for everyone affected by overdose and for people in recovery. These are problems affecting every community. We need to treat drug-related harm as a health issue and invest in proven practices that can save lives.

- Peter Davies, Cascade Creative Recovery Project Manager

Cascade Creative Recovery the Brighton-based, peer-led recovery organisation, created a series of pop-up performances in 2018 with their drama group and choir to raise awareness about overdose. In 2019 they have joined forces with Small Performance Adventures, a Brighton theatre company creating workshops and events with people in recovery, and BDP to produce the new simultaneous Bristol and Brighton pop-up performances.

Our performances are a way of us remembering the people we know whose lives have been lost to drugs or alcohol. They also help raise communities’ awareness that most drug related deaths are accidental. In the first half of this year alone, BDP has supplied the life-saving drug Naloxone on 548 occasions, including replacing 70 supplies reported to have been used to save someone’s life.

- Maggie Telfer, BDP CEO

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