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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 cousin and dear friend. Gone but Never forgotten
  • In memory of our son, Dominic, forever 23, lost his life to the disease of addiction on April 2, 2008.  You will forever be in our hearts and minds.  Till we are together again once more, sending love with hugs and kisses, Mom, Dad & Lex.
  • I lost my dear sweet son Brandon to a heroin overdose on April 26, 2013. He was only 29 years old.  Still not a day goes by, that I don't miss his smile, his touch, his voice.  Children are NOT supposed to go before their parents!  It's just so unfair!  Something needs to be done about this!  We are losing far too many lives due to this addiction!  This drug does NOT discriminate!These are kids from all walks of life.  Most come from loving homes!  For those people who may judge them for being addicts- these kids were just as precious to us, as yours are to you.  They are NOT bad people!  They have a disease, and it's called addiction!  I pray that something gets done about this addiction, before we lose more lives to this drug!  My heart and prayers go out to all parents, who have lost a child to this addiction-and to anyone else who has lost a loved one to heroin addiction
    Debbie (Mom)
  • My son, Elliot James Bonura, passed on Oct. 28th, 2012. He is forever 20 in heaven. His addiction started at age 17 and progressed very quickly. I got the call in the wee hours of the morning...from his cell phone. One of the people he was with called to tell me he had overdosed. His life was hanging my a thread when we got to the hospital. After many attempts to revive him, the tests showed that je was brain dead. Being the loving, caring, selfless person that he was,  he was kept on life support for a few days to prepare him for organ donorship. He saved 3 other lives, and in his last hour he gave others a lifetime. He has just gone ahead of me, and he is waiting for me to get to Heaven. He is deeply missed and deeply loved. I honor him every day by being his voice, his heart and his laughter. God removed his suffering and today he is free and lives in the Ultimate love.
  • Always in my heart Forever 22 Joshua J. Payne

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. 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