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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.


  • Stewart bulmer, you left us to early, you left us to young, Your forever in my heart and mind, Never far away. Your an angel now Rested and free We will meet again one day my love, Forever missed and dearly loved, love leah xxoo
  • The energy in the room was so raw and sincere. I did not personally know him, other than a quick hello once or twice, and through your stories. Like the rest of us, he had his flaws and could have, at times, made better decisions. However, it appears that his heart was in the right place and that he gave more in his short lifetime than many do in 80 years. It was clear that he demonstrated love and kindness to many in need. God granted him a very special gift so that he can use his talent to touch many in a short time. You should be proud to know that he did what he was meant to do with his talent. Another thing that I found beautiful was that there was no attempt to hide the cause of his demise. I'm glad it was an honest presentation to express the importance of awareness of drug use and its consequences. Hopefully, his message from beyond will encourage others to get the help that they need so that they may focus their own talents in the manner that they're meant to. Yet even so, his short life span, should make the rest of us reflect and wonder if we've accomplished even a quarter of what he did in his short time. He brought a smile and joy to so many that because of their life's circumstances makes them even more vulnerable and in need of expressions of love and joy. God used Tyler as a blessing to many. That should definitely bring some level of comfort to you and your family. In sympathy, Drug overdose is up 300% this is crazy, If you know someone that needs help, offer it, let them know someone cares. Rest In Peace Tyler Katarsky
  • Michael, my beautiful, beautiful 20 year old son lost his battle early in the morning of October 1, 2016. I am a writer by profession; I should be able to come up with some small, profound nugget of inspiration to express what this has meant for our family. It should also console the many thousands of others who are trying to find their path back to any peace/joy they may have once had in their lives. But  as I quickly learned, there is simply no way of describing the indescribable. My first born baby is now at peace, but my message to his friends that were lucky enough to survive that night's 'batch': from this point on, my prayers will be for your parents instead, who still have no idea of what is probably in store for them as well. God bless you Michael, you're completely in his hands now. I love you, Mom
  • Tyler James Naso 7/24/91-9/24/16  Died too young!  Tyler was found by his cousins in a hotel room the morning of his big brother's (my oldest son's) wedding.  He had a bright smile and sparkling eyes, but could never seem to find his way.  Each day without him seems like a thousand yet it seems like yesterday that he died. I love when people talk about Tyler to me, but it does make me sad.  We miss him immensely, but we are so grateful for 25 years of so many wonderful memories and times together. It doesn't matter how many times we tell them drugs lead ultimately to death they never believe it will happen to them.  Rest in Peace my precious son, and may others live because you have died. Love, Mom
  • Todd the best son, father, grandfather,brother and uncle will never ever be forgotten. I listen to your voice and giggle every day and your big smile on your Harley. I will never forget that terrible phone call a mother never wants to get. You were such a special big hearted great man. I just sit and cry every day wanting you to say hey Mom what's for dinner. You loved your family, great food and riding your Harley. We miss and love you so much. At Logan's football game the other day something happened and Tami said Todd would say dum... You should know that. You were 47 years old it's not fair you had so much going for you. I was looking at pictures of your house today k owing you built it with your own hands and how happy it made you. I will never ever get over this!! We love and miss u every minute of everyday. Remembering calling you the night before we lost you and you answered saying hey Mama what's up"...Love and miss you forever sweet Todd it's been four months and it just gets worse.....xxoo

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. Please note: Due to unprecedented demand badges have SOLD OUT for 2016.  


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. 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.

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The William Buckland Foundation