International Overdose Awareness Day August 31, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day August 31, 2020

Publication Date: Aug 27, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims 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 died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable.

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life.

Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it?

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) began in Melbourne, Australia in 2001.

Today it is a global campaign. Last year, 874 IOAD events took place in 39 countries, surpassing the previous record tally of 747, set in 2018. In 2020 – IOAD’s 20th anniversary year – the campaign is set to break its own record again.

From 2012 International Overdose Awareness Day was organized by the not-for-profit Australian public health organization Anex, which in April 2014 became a program of Penington Institute.

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