On the 31st of August we join with our partners to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day. We are grateful that the National Department of Social Development has recognised SANPUD as a strategic partner, and is also acknowledging IOAD. For further information and resources, visit​https://www.overdoseday.com/
To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, SANPUD and the National Department of Social Development, in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria, have launched three videos on drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos are part of a series produced by Prof Tessa Marcus. The series of videos will be available in five local languages. They are free for distributions and sharing. Please feel free to use them as you see fit. for more videos, click here.

In Memoriam

Below are some of our friends who have died. None of them has died of old-age. Using unregulated drugs has negative consequences caused by lack of appropriate services, stigma , risks related to marginalisation, assault and arrest. The criminalisation of people who use drugs has an indirect or direct affect on most of the drug-related dangers people who use drugs face.

On International Overdose Awareness Day, we recognise all these factors are largely due to an overdose of prohibition, the most dangerous drug of all.

Murdered

Mob justice, killings targeting the homeless, violent crime, death in detention and other deaths due to violent actions.

    

Johannes
Mdav
Chantal
Godfrey
Brian
Barbara
Sifiso
Morné
Boots
Copper
Gouse
Rori
Small
baker
Martiens
Thabo
Klaas
Ian
Robyn
Zweli
Urell
Rufus

Health related

Many of these deaths are due to TB, HIV or Hepatitis C, sepsis. Most are preventable deaths if people get the right care.

    

Nthabi
Xolani
Uriel
Moses
Amos
Bongani
Tshepo
Thapelo
Theron
Andrew
Thembi
Colleen
Ruwayne
Nkosi
Nicolus Albert
Lebogang
Bianca
Ditebogo
Njabulo
Madla
Abram
Shorty
Nlhanlha
Sifiso
london
vhay vhay 
Tabang
Boi boi
Bra T 
Mzandile
Strike 
Yolandi
Salome
Raba
Riaan
Aletta 
Braveman
Mandla
Duduzile 
Christo
Vincent 
Sebotoma 
Hendrie
Sarel
James
Boots
July
Andries
Small
Coco
Danny
Strike
Boyboy
Strauss
Zintos
Jealous
Boss Ten
Tebza

Drug related

Overdose, poisoning related deaths often due to the use of unregulated drugs.
Mainly these are preventable.

   

T-man
Star Black
Zee
Jeepers Creepers
Charlie
Shang 
Zweli
Nyapi
Zebi
Les