International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day honors those who lost their lives due to drug-related issues.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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The day is observed on July 21st each year, fostering global awareness and compassion.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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It was first commemorated in 1998 by a group of drug users in Australia.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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The event aims to reduce stigma, discrimination, and harm associated with drug use.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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The official symbol of the day is the purple ribbon, representing solidarity and remembrance.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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Portugal's successful drug decriminalization model inspired the inception of this memorial day.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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Canada was the first country to officially recognize and support International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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The day encourages open conversations about addiction, treatment, and mental health.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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In some regions, participants release biodegradable balloons to signify the release of pain and suffering.

International Drug Users’ Remembrance Day

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The "Black Balloon Day" movement is closely linked to this remembrance, advocating for overdose awareness.