Overdose Awareness Day - National Safety Council
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Make a Difference on International Overdose Awareness Day

According to provisional data from the CDC, of the more than 93,000 reported drug overdoses in 2020, more than three-quarters were attributed to opioids. International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held Aug. 31 each year to remember those gone too soon from overdose deaths.

What can you do?

  • Encourage your workplace to participate in IOAD observance activities
  • Hold a candlelight vigil
  • Offer an educational program, such as one related to preventing opioid use, in partnership with a local organization
  • Provide a safe space for telling the stories of overdose victims
  • Offer a large canvas and washable paint so survivors can add a handprint in memory of their loved one
  • Display empty hats or shoes to represent the number of lives lost in the community
  • Add the name of a loved one who died of an opioid overdose to the Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map
  • Purchase or create purple wristbands, pins, shirts or other items and wear them on Aug. 31
  • Research state and federal legislation that addresses opioid overdose prevention, and write to your representative
  • Support NSC efforts to end the opioid epidemic by making a gift in honor of a loved one
  • Find additional resources at overdoseday.com