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Event Tips

Rethink. Remember.

Holding an event is a great way to show your support for International Overdose Awareness Day. You can choose to hold an event to celebrate, commemorate or educate – some ideas include:

  • Hold a memorial service
  • Plant a tree
  • Have a barbecue
  • Invite a speaker
  • Have an open mic night
  • Run an education campaign

Help make your event a success with our event tools.

Tips for community activities

• Choose what sort of event you would like to run. Broadly speaking events fit into two categories, ceremonial events or educational ones. There’s nothing to stop you holding both.

• A ceremony can take many forms including: a candle lighting, tree planting, banner signing, tribute reading or a mixture of those plus songs and public speaking.

• Educational events or campaigns might include how an overdose could be prevented or how it should be responded to.

• Choose a time, date and place that would best serve your event or ceremony. On International Overdose Awareness Day (31st August) is preferable, however any day close to the day is fine to encourage the greatest number of people to attend.

• Explain International Overdose Awareness Day to your local councillors or government representatives and extend an invitation to them to attend. They may also be able to give you support by providing a venue, donating refreshments or even donating other materials.

• Write a press release about your event and send it to the local newspaper. (Remember this is a sensitive issue and it is best to use open, inclusive language that does not demean or expose someone to possible ridicule.)

• Explain International Overdose Awareness Day to your local community service providers and tell them about your event so they can invite their clients. Groups to contact include: Community centres, drug treatment providers, family support groups, local counselling services, emergency services and the police.

For downloads to help you organise your event go to Event Tools