Everyone is welcome at the march organized by community members, people who have survived overdose or have otherwise been affected by it, service providers from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, as well as many other organizations dedicated to raise awareness that overdose can be prevented.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The Department of Pubic Health funded the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Program (DOPE) which offers training in how to apply the drug naloxone, also known as Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids in heroin and Vicodin.
A mural on Clarion Alley depicts the story of a girl about to die from overdose saved by Narcania, who injects Narcan into her arm to prevent her from dying. Read more about it here.
The march to celebrate survival and life will begin at 2 o’clock on 117 6th Street to walk through “the epicenter of overdose epidemic in San Francisco, the resident hotel district” in the Tenderloin, SoMa and the Mission. The march will finish at 16th and Mission BART Plaza where participants are welcome to share their personal stories. A temporary altar will be set up with photos, artwork and flowers.