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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.


  • Lost One of my best friends 13th April 2016. Breaks my heart, no amount of help was ever enough.. she is missed everyday xx RIP beautiful Girl
  • I lost my dad Saturday May 21,2016 due to an overdose he was only 32 and I'm 13. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him. He tried so many times to beat his battle he went to so many rehabs and meetings but the addiction still had a very strong hold on him. I miss him more than anything but I know he is watching over me and is no longer in pain.   Forever in our hearts cole😭💔❤️    - your daughte Lexi
  • Please look at the signs in the beginning, dont pretend it is not there! Get them in Rehabilitation as quick as you can ! When they come home dont think it's all over. we pray that they will be strong!!   Try to get a overdose kit with them , this is a monster taking over our children and loved ones!! My son had so much to live for , home just one week to the day!! Left three beautiful children fatherless,  and his wife fighting for her life every day !!
  • In memory of my brother Rick Wiser who was injected with heroin and then left for dead. 3 years ago at this exact moment he was having drinks with some friends that led to using heroin for the first and last time. RIP Rick I love and miss you so much.
  • We lost our son Tony to a heroin overdose. We are forever changed and damaged. If only we could have saved this loving, kind and special boy~

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