Listed below is a selection of events registered to take place for International Overdose Awareness Day 2014. 

2nd Annual Gloucester MA. Overdose Vigil - luminaries 2012

2012 overdose vigil, Gloucester MA.


New South Wales

Sydney, NSW
Overdose Tributes on our giant ODAD ribbon
Location: NUAA NSP
Ground Floor
345 Crown Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Type of Event: Throughout the week leading up to Overdose Awareness Day we will be displaying our “Tribbon” (tribute+ribbon) which is a blown up version of the ODA Day badge. Patrons can come and leave tributes on the ribbon to friends, family or colleagues that have suffered an overdose.
Time: 11:00am -5:30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (25, 27, 28 & 29 August); 2:30-5:30pm Tuesday (26 August)
Phone: (02) 8354 7343


Understanding Addiction
Location: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Type of Event: Marking International Overdose Awareness Day, the Melbourne Writers Festival is convening a panel with SJ Finn (founder of IOAD), Christine Nixon (former Police Commissioner of Victoria) and Kate Holden (author) to discuss the complex issue of drug and alcohol use and misuse, and how we need to diminish the guilt and shame associated with these activities if we are to address the serious issue of preventing death from overdose.
Time: August 31, 10 -11am.
Supported by the Salvation Army Crisis Services
Booking required

North Ringwood
Third annual Eastern Metropolitan Regional Remembrance Event
Where: Ringwood Lake, Maroondah Highway entry (opposite Larissa Avenue, Melways ref: 49J8)
When: Friday 29th August 2014, 12pm for ceremony, lunch to follow
This is a chance for family and friends to remember those they have lost, and for those in the wider community to come together to commit to raising awareness and reducing stigma about overdose in all it’s forms.
If you, your service or a client of your service thinks there is a specific way they could be involved in the event (speaking, a reading, an reflective activity etc), please make contact ASAP.
We look forward to sharing with you on the day.
This event is a collaboration between Whitehorse CHS, EACH, EHADS and YSAS
Contact Beth Locke ( 03) 8843 2308 or 0430 524 749

Overdose Remembrance Day at Gateway Health
Location: Gateway Health
90-100 Ovens St
Wangarattta Vic 3677
Type of Event: Rememberance
Time: 11:00am
Phone: (03) 5723 2000
Contact: Trent Jones <>

Hoppers Crossing
International Overdose Awareness Day at ISIS Primary Care
Location: ISIS Primary Care
117-129 Warringa Crescent
Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
Activity rooms 2 & 3
Type of Event: The Addictions program at ISIS Primary Care (Gamblers Help Western and the Voyage AOD program) will be holding an event at our Hoppers Crossing campus to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day. The event will provide an opportunity for affected others and community members to gather in remembrance of loved ones lost through overdose (due to mental health, gambling, drug and alcohol issues).
We will be serving morning tea, have information stands (drugs, mental health, gambling), a remembrance book available for anyone wishing to write a tribute and a mandala for affected others to colour as a meditation.
Time: 10am-12pm, Friday 29 August
Phone: (03) 9296 1255
Contact: Lyn Bowland

Morwell, Vic
Better choices
Location: headspace Morwell
99 Buckley Street
Type of Event: Community Awareness
Phone: (03) 5136 8300

Melbourne, Vic

Merri Community Health Services NSP
Overdose Awareness Day
Location: 93 Bell Street , Coburg
Type of Event: Billboard display and information.
Information handed out to those attending NSP at Coburg and Brunswick.
Time: All day
Phone: 0400842069
Contact: Bernadette Mulcahy <>


Edmonton, Alberta
International Overdose Awareness Day in Edmonton
Location: Centennial Plaza (behind the public library)
99 Street and 101a Avenue
Edmonton, AB Canada
Type of Event: Streetworks, Edmonton’s needle exchange program, will be hosting the event. There will be information booths, light refreshments, raffles and shirts/hoodie sales, overdose prevention training, and a memorial wall.
There will be a short candlelight service at noon to honor those who we have lost to drug overdose.
Time: Friday August 29, 2014 from 10am-2pm.
Phone: 780-423-3122 Ext.210/211
Contact: Mathew Wong <>

United Kingdom

International Overdose Awareness Day at Lorraine Hewitt House
Location: Lorraine Hewitt House, 12/14 Brighton House, Brixtonia, SW9 8DG, London, UK.
Type of Event: Sadly we won’t be able to run the event on the 31st of August but as on previous years we will be running an info stall downstairs in the reception of Lorraine Hewitt House in Brixton, Lambeth with lots of harm reduction advice on safer using of drugs. Although we will have info on lots of different types of overdose we will focus mostly on opiate overdose and take-home naloxone. With the harm reduction information we will also have lots of lovely unhealthy and fattening foodstuffs like cake, crisps & chocolate. After some complaints last year at the lack of healthy food this year we will be buying an apple for the health nut who uses our service.
In the afternoon we will be running some overdose awareness and take-home naloxone training for a maximum of 12 Lambeth drug and alcohol consortium clients. The training lasts 1hr 15mins and all attendees receive a take-home naloxone kit and £10 cash for their time.

The information stall and training are run and delivered by Brixton residents who use drugs. For us the day is all about having a laugh, making some new friends, sharing info and experience and stopping needless overdoses of our peers in our lovely south London Borough of Lambeth on Friday the 29th of August.
Stop the war on people who use drugs.
Time: 9.30am-4pm
Phone: 0207 737 0099
Contact: Martin McCusker <>


United States


San Francisco, California
San Francisco Overdose Awareness Day Memorial March
Location: San Francisco
Type of Event: March through San Francisco, with a gathering at the end to share stories, remember and celebrate the lives of those who we have lost to overdose.
Time: 2pm
Phone: 510-444-6969 ext 16
Contact: Eliza Wheeler <>


Denver, Colorado
Denver Overdose Awareness Day
Location: NW Corner of Colfax and Broadway in downtown Denver, CO.
Type of Event: To raise a ruckus and stop the silence of overdose in our community. We will gather to hold signs and pass out overdose information at this very busy downtown Denver corner.
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Phone: 303-572-7800
Contact: Lisa Raville <>


Newark, Delaware
International Overdose Awareness Day Candle Light Vigil
Location: The corner of Rt. 896 and Main Street in Newark, Delaware near the University of Delaware Campus
Type of Event: Candle Light Vigil honoring those we have lost to the disease of addiction and to educate those who have family members or friends who are currently using regarding our Good Samaritan 911 Law (2013) and our just passed Naloxone Law.
Balloon send-off after vigil.
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 pm
Phone: 302-598-6296
Contact: Liz Perkins <>


Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Overdose Awareness Day
Location: Juan Solomon Park
6100 Grandview Drive
Indianapolis, IN
In Shelter
Type of Event: Picnic at 6:00 p.m.
Awareness Discussion with speakers immediately followed by remembrance and candle light vigil.
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 317-828-6883
Contact: Justin Phillips <>


Shorewood, Illinois
Event Name: Overdose Memorial Vigil
Location: Village of Shorewood Park and Recreation
1 Towne Center Blvd
Shorewood, IL 60404
Sunday August 31st, 2014
Type of Event: Memorial vigil to support those who have lost loved ones to a substance passing and to help bring awareness to our communites. We will have special guest speakers to discuss Overdose Awareness in our counties. We will be selling T-shirts for $20, please send an email if you would like to order for more information. This is a free event open to the public.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Contact: Elaine Rivas <>

Elk Grove, Illinois
“Overdose Ends Now”
Location: Busse Woods South Groves 5-16 Elk Grove Village Il
Type of Event: Evening of Remembrance, hope and action
Special Musical Guest Man the Mighty
Naloxone training
Food Truck
Resource expo
Free To attend
Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm
Contact: <>

Peru, Illinois
Overdose Awareness & Memory Walk 2014
Location: Baker Lake
30th Street
Peru Il 61354
Type of Event: A walk in memory of those lost, loved and still struggling with addictive illness.
Speakers, resource table, balloon release to remember our loved ones lost.
Time: 10am-12pm
Phone: 815-993-8314
Contact: Lori Brown []

Carpentersville, Illinois
Overdose Awareness Day “You are not alone gathering”
Location: Carpenter Park-by the stage
Type of event: We will be gathering together to remember lives lost too soon from overdose, while also providing hope, resource information for grief, treatment and support.
We will offer naloxone training to anyone who wants to be trained and speaking of overdose prevention and the 911 Good Samaritan law.
There will be on display the actual Proclamation from Governor Quinn of Illinois recognizing August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day in Illinois,A Memorial quilt with 100 names of loved ones lost from overdose.We will be launching balloons.
Please bring your lawn chair and join us by the stage.
“You are not alone” Sponsored by: JA2SOON
“Don’t Roll the Dice with Your Life”
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Phone: 847.428.4497
Contact: Terri <>

DeKalb, Illinois
DeKalb County Community Drug Overdose Awareness & Prayer Vigil
Location: DeKalb County Courthouse
133 W State Street
Sycamore, Illinois 60178
Type of Event: Speaker & Prayer Vigil
Time: 7:00pm
Phone: 815-761-1487
Contact: Brenda Jergens

Elk Grove, Illinois
Elk Grove Overdose Awareness Day
Location: Busse Woods South
Groves 5-16
East Higgins Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
Type of Event: Social gathering, candlelight vigil, resource and support fair
Time: 5-8pm
Phone: 8478143988
Contact: Chelsea Laliberte <>


Devonport, Iowa,
First Annual Quad Cities Overdose Awareness Walk
Location: LaFayette Park
700 W 4th St, Davenport, IA
Type of Event: Bring your family and friends and walk with us from LaFayette Park, Davenport, IA to Schwiebert Park, Rock Island, IL to bring awareness to the national epidemic of drug overdoses in the Quad Cities, throughout Iowa and Illinois, and the rest of the country.
LaFayette Park, Davenport, IA
Expert speakers, balloon release, Memorial Wall (bring a photo of your loved one to pin on the wall) and supporter networking.
Facebook event:
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 10am
Phone: 202-560-6551
Contact: Rene Dickerson <>


Portland, Maine
I AM HERE Outreach Team Presents the First Annual Overdose Awareness Day Rally and Vigil
Location: Monument Square
Congress Street
Portland, Maine.
Type of Event: A community of active users and their allies coming together to give recognition to those who have died from an opiate overdose. There will also be educational outreach with specific emphasis on Narcan availability in Maine. We will walk through downtown Portland, raising awareness to this important issue and end with a memorial and time of silence.
Time: 2-4pm
Phone: (207) 756-8024
Contact: Zoe Odlin-Platz <>

Waterville, Maine
First Annual Overdose Awareness Day
Location: Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square
Waterville, Maine 04901
Type of Event: Screening of 23 minutes documentary “The Opiate Effect” followed by discussion with Henry “Skip” Gates. We will also be creating a mobile memorial with make-your-own magnets to honor loved ones lost to overdose.
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Phone: 1-207-626-1279
Contact: Kelsey Cler <>


Las Vegas, Nevada
Location: East Las Vegas Community Center
250 N. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
Type of Event: Panel of speakers and resource fair
Time: 10am-2pm.
Phone: 702-743-7384
Contact: Dell Schilleci <>

New Jersey

Clementon, New Jersey
Clementon Awareness Day
Location: Heroes Park
Garfield Ave.
Clementon, NJ 08021
Type of Event: Ceremonial and educational , speaking and songs
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Phone: 609-605-4608
Contact: Jonathan Fisher <>

New York City

Event Name: NYC Overdose Awareness Day
Location: NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 Room 3-52
Type of Event: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is hosting the 1st Annual NYC Overdose Awareness Day on September 9th, 2014 in commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day.
The event will include an overdose prevention training in which attendees can receive naloxone—a medication that reverses the effects of overdose and can save someone’s life. The event will also include a panel of individuals whose lives have been touched by opioid overdose and a presentation on the work that the NYC DOHMH is currently doing to challenge the opioid crisis in New York City.
In addition, Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs will host a “Day of Training” at sites throughout New York City on Tuesday, September 9th.
Time: 1– 5pm
Phone: 347-396-7909
Contact: Amu Ptah Riojas <>

South Bronx, NYC
Event Name: BOOM!Health Training the Community
Location: Look for the BOOM!Health which will be located at East 150th Street and Morris Avenue on International Overdose Awareness Day.
Type of Event: We will train community members on Opioid Overdose Reversals right in their community. Our team of overdose trainers will provide training to residents in the community that want to become part of growing number of trained responders in The South Bronx.
Time: 11:00am and 12:30pm
Phone: 917 232 8582
Contact: Ed Manchess <>

New York State

Port Jefferson, New York
Location: Memorial Park at Port Jefferson Harbor,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Type of Event: A day to remember those we have lost to drug overdose, those who struggle, those who are in recovery, educate and erase the stigma of who an addict is. Guest speakers, a candle lighting, live acoustic music and a whole lot of unity to spread the message about addiction on Long Island!
Together we can be the change we wish to see for our children and loved ones
Time: 4pm
Phone: 631-946-0807

North Carolina

Greensboro North Carolina
Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil
Location: 401 Ashland Dr,
Greensboro, NC 27403
Type of Event: We will have a Story Board where people can post pictures, graffiti, write, draw, and create anything they would like to remember lost loved ones.  We will have music, light refreshments, naloxone, Harm reduction information, supplies and most important love and acceptance.
We will light candles and take a moment in one of Greensboro’s most beautiful parks to never forget the untimely and unnecessary deaths of our loved ones.  Come out and help spread the word that overdose is 100% preventable.  Make sure if you know someone that uses opiates You have Naloxone.
August 31
Time: 6:30pm until dark
Phone: 336-669-5543
Contact: Louise Vincent <>


Portland, Oregon
Portland IODA Day Memorial
Location: The memorial tree at Outside In
1132 SW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Type of Event: Please join us in remembering those who we have lost to overdose and to commit ourselves to preventing overdose death. We will have candles, but please feel free to bring memorial items like pictures of loved ones or flowers.
September 3
Time: 6pm
Phone: 503-535-3826
Contact: Haven Wheelock <>


Austin, Texas
Texas Overdose Awareness Day vigil
Location: Texas State Capital South Steps Austin Texas 78758
Type of Event: Information dissemination both verbal and written, readings of names and moment of silence for loved ones who have passed. Music
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Contact: Mark Kinzly <>