New Note Orchestra has joined forces on a national project with nine regional recovery arts organisations in seven UK cities to create a short film which is being broadcast via social media today for International Overdose Awareness Day. New Note Orchestra composed and recorded a piece of music which is being used as the soundtrack. Over 60 individuals in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol came together to create the film which remembers those that have been lost to overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day is a yearly global event that raises awareness of overdose and helps reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends by remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury because of drug overdose. It also aims to spread the message that overdose death is preventable.
Recently the Office for National Statistics announced that there were 4,561 drug-related deaths in England and Wales in 2020, the highest recorded since 1993.
We are so grateful to be part of this important project, raising awareness for friends and family who are picking up the pieces after losing a loved one.