International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2018

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held August 31 each year. It is dedicated to remembrance, awareness, education and actions that will help eliminate overdose deaths. Activities throughout August and on the 31st of the month can raise awareness, memorialize a lost loved one, inspire change and save lives.

What can you do?

Invite people to a local gathering at a community center, library, park or other public space and offer a few of these 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 for survivors to add a handprint in memory of their loved one
  • Display empty hats or shoes to represent the number of lives lost in the community
  • Use the NSC Community Action Kit as a planning guide

Everyone can participate in IOAD with one of these activities:

  • Access the NSC Facebook page to get a purple frame for your Facebook profile image on August 20
  • Share the NSC Facebook Live virtual candlelight vigil on August 31
  • 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 August 31
  • Research state and federal legislation that addresses opioid overdose prevention, and write to your representative
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