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An inspired idea

International Overdose Awareness Day originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2001.

More than a decade on, what began as an event in the back yard of a suburban crisis centre in Melbourne has evolved into International Overdose Awareness Day with a commitment to raising awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

Beginning in 2012 International Overdose Day was organized by the non-profit Australian public health body Anex, which in April 2014 became a program of newly launched Penington Institute.

Penington Institute

Penington Institute advances health and community safety by connecting substance use research to practical action. We help individuals and the wider community through research analysis, promotion of effective strategies, workforce education and public awareness activities.

Launched in 2014, Penington Institute has grown out of the rich and vibrant work of one of its programs – Anex, and its close to 20 years experience working with people and families directly affected by problematic drug use.

Penington Institute addresses this complex issue with knowledge and compassion. We not only help individuals, but also the wider community through our research analysis, promotion of effective strategies, workforce education and public awareness activities.