August 31 will mark the 15th annual International Overdose Awareness Day. The event was established to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day gives all interested participants an opportunity to connect with one another and combat the spread of overdose deaths around the world. It’s also a reminder to those who have suffered the unthinkable impact of losing a loved one to overdose know that they are not alone.
The primary aims of the event include:
- Providing an opportunity for people to publicly mourn for loved ones, some for the first time, without feeling guilt or shame
- Including the greatest number of people in Overdose Awareness Day events, and encourage non-denominational involvement
- Giving community members information about the issue of fatal and non-fatal overdose
- Sending a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued
- Spark discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy
- Providing basic information on the range of support services that exists in the local community
- Preventing and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice
- Reminding all of the risks of overdose
How Can I Get Involved?
Interested participants can get involved in International Overdose Awareness day through a number of ways, including organizing their own even through our registration team, using the hashtag #OverdoseAware2016 to help build momentum for the day, host a Twitter chat, promote your event through Facebook, donations and more. In 2014, 28.647 Americans died from drug overdose. You can do your part today to start reversing this trend. We are all in this together.