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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st 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 met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.


  • To my best friend Zac, who lost his life to an accidental overdose. Instantly when I met him, and he reached out to me, to hang out with me, to want to be around me, I knew this person was special and genuine. I've never met someone who could bring so many smiles to so many faces. You helped me in so many ways and I tried to help you in return as much as I could, though always feeling coming up less, or never providing to give back for what I had received from you. I really can't even begin to understand how you being gone is going to impact my near and far future. I always expected to remain friends with you forever, growing old. You were a rare person; genuine, giving, always trying to make people feel better about them selves and yet never feeling fully whole yourself. I hope you know I had nothing but the the utmost respect and love for you, and knowing I can't call you at a moment's notice when I want to talk to you is truly one of the deepest pains I've ever felt. Zac was clean for almost a year and had one slip up. That is all it takes. Your impact on me and your friends and surroundings will never be forgotten, and your wisdom never taken for granted. Be at peace, I hope one day, after all is said and done, circumstances allow for our spirits to meet again. I truly cannot even begin to think what the future will be like without you. Love you more than words can describe.
  • Dad (May 31,1964- July 25, 2015) You passed unexpectedly for me at 51 years young. You were in pain and I'm not mad but I miss you. You were so hardworking and handy. I have no one to help me fix anything anymore. I really began to mature and appreciate how truly genuine, funny and talented you were just about a year before your death. It broke my heart. You deserved to win the lottery and deserved to walk me down the aisle and have the grandchild you were asking for (I'm waiting for marriage). You just deserved everything you wanted cuz you were just that cool. I can't get over how I will never see you again nor will I ever meet anyone as down to earth as you. I work with people your age and they are "not cool". You were a special friend to many people. I'm not just grieving over the loss, I'm grieving over your life that you lost. You were so happy and looking forward to things and I wish the wrong person didn't show up out of the blue July 25, 2015. You were doing so well until then. I miss you.
  • TO MY DAUGHTER, LAURA - 8-18-79 - 1/30/16 "HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS THAT PERCHES IN THE SOUL - AND SINGS THE SONG WITHOUT THE WORDS - AND NEVER STOPS - AT ALL" I "hoped" this day would never come. I never stopped "hoping" you would come back to me - I have always loved you.
  • I miss you, Corrie. Not a day doesn't go by I don't think about the day we shot up and me waking up go find you there next to me, unresponsive and not breathing. When they told me you had so little of a chance for recovery, my heart sank...I still can't get that day out of my head. We were so close to getting clean. Once we were finally clean and our lives were on track, I was going to ask you to marry me. I wanted to grow old with you. Now, over a month later, I'm still crying every day. You made me so happy and showed me so many things about life. You were my soul mate and I'll never find another like you again. It's so hard, staying clean. I want to drown these feelings I have, they kill me every day. I know you'd want me to move on, clean up, and be happy. But I lost a piece of myself the day you died. RIP Corrie Nicole Browning 8/21/89-12/25/2015. I'll love and miss you forever.
  • I would like to say how much I miss you Adam James Tripp. You left us far too soon. You were only 23 and you had your whole life ahead of you. We placed you with your brother David at the Memorial Gardens in Plymouth. We visit you as much as we can. Especially on holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries! We wish there was more we could have done for you. We love you with all our hearts.

Wearing silver can signify the loss of someone cherished and sends out a message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Order your Silver Badge today.


Remembering those who have died – or been injured – because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day. If you would like to commemorate somebody, please add tributes here. Tributes will be posted on this website as soon as they are approved.

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Overdose Aware app

The Overdose Aware app aims to raise awareness amongst those who are experiencing drug use and their families, of how to recognise overdose signs and respond accordingly. The app shares information about what is an overdose, what are some of the key depressant, stimulant, opioid  and alcohol overdose symptoms.

Created with the kind support of the William Buckland Foundation, the Overdose Aware app is available for download on iPhone and Android. Read more>>


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

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

These videos are where people affected by the impact of drugs use and overdose share some of their stories.

“There wasn’t any white light. I didn’t make out Jesus or see my dead family members. It was just oblivion and it was very frightening.”



International Overdose Awareness Day is an initiative of Penington Institute.
Overdose Day is volunteer driven and we are grateful to the many individuals and organisations all over the world who support and participate.

RE Trust
The William Buckland Foundation