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Julia Today I watched my mother and grandparents cry out in pain as my brother lay in a casket at his viewing. Michael was only 23 years old when heroin capsules with fentanyl ended his life. All it took was one time to end all his potential; his hopes and dreams. My mother, an RN for almost 30 years, was at home when she heard him fall in the family room. 911 was called and during this time she did CPR while spitting out her own sons vomit, fighting desperately for his life. Narcan was administered 12 times but it could not save his life. His 4 year old nephew adored him. When I would drop my son off for babysitting, on the way home he would tell me about how he and "uncle bike" played baseball out in the yard, went sword fighting or pretended to be pirates hunting for buried treasure. All I ever wanted for you was to find happiness. To find your place in the world and put your habits behind you in the past. But I have lost you to addiction and now I am left behind to pick up the pieces. You were so loved and I wish we could have saved you. Julia Tribute Your Pal

For my Buddy Paul who succumbed to fentanyl poisoning 12/12/19 after 14yr struggle. How you suffered everyday on behalf of all those who loved you who wouldn't be able to handle your loss. Your suffering is over, and now we deal with the pain you experienced each day.

Posted 31/08/2019
Your Pal Tribute
Rachel

David i can't belive it will be 3 years on the 30th since you left us. rarely a day goes by that I don't think about you as our daughters are a permanent reminder.

I always hoped that you would follow me into recovery. I know you thought you were different from the others when i took you to a meeting and could go it alone.

I will never forget the day i was told you had died from a herion overdose the shock and devastation will stay with me forever, having my own pain as you know that you were my first love but also seeing the girls grieve was horrendous. They miss you, please stay close to them xx

Brighton UK
Rachel Tribute
Gabrielle To my adoring closest friend Kendall, too beautiful for this world. Leaving us way too early at the age of 19. I miss you more than life itself. 3/28/94- FOREVER Gabrielle Tribute Rose C. My daughter Catherine C. overdosed, was dumped in an alley and then he waited 12 hrs to call the Police! She may have lived if he had called 911 immediately! Unfortunately my daughter is just one of the many young adults that this has happen to. We have to make a change! The following law is Not in affect in Texas! 911 Good Samaritan Fatal Overdose Prevention Law Accidental overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents among people ages 25 to 64. Many of these deaths are preventable if emergency medical assistance is summoned, but people using drugs or alcohol illegally often fear arrest if they call 911, even in cases where they need emergency medical assistance for a friend or family member at the scene of a suspected overdose. The best way to encourage overdose witnesses to seek medical help is to exempt them from arrest and prosecution for minor drug and alcohol law violations, an approach often referred to as Good Samaritan 911. The chance of surviving an overdose, like that of surviving a heart attack, depends greatly on how fast one receives medical assistance. Witnesses to heart attacks rarely think twice about calling 911, but witnesses to an overdose often hesitate to call for help or, in many cases, simply don’t make the call. In fact, research confirms the most common reason people cite for not calling 911 is fear of police involvement. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted policies to provide limited immunity from arrest or prosecution for minor drug law violations for people who summon help at the scene of an overdose. New Mexico was the first state to pass such a policy and has been joined in recent years by Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Good Samaritan laws do not protect people from arrest for other offenses, such as selling or trafficking drugs, or driving while drugged. These policies protect only the caller and overdose victim from arrest and/or prosecution for simple drug possession, possession of paraphernalia, and/or being under the influence. Corsicana Tx 75110 Navarro Co Rose C. Tribute Momma I know you never meant to leave us, our beautiful Vallie girl. Your heart was way too big for this world and now you fly with the angels. I love you and miss you beyond measure. We will see you again. Valerie Nicole Moore 8-7-88/4-28-08 Momma Tribute Molly In loving memory of my beautiful son, Jack, who died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl on 3-20-16. Jack was everything we could've asked for in a son. Kind, caring, smart, hilarious, hardworking and full of love for his family. He is missed by many but especially by myself, his dad and his heartbroken younger sister, Claire. The void that he left is immense. Our lives will never be the same. It has been 6 months since he died and his 28th birthday is on September 30th. Our precious boy. I am so very, very sorry that I couldn't save you from yourself. Never doubt how much you are loved. I would give my life to hear your voice once more. I love you,son. I will hold on to memories until we are reunited. Molly Tribute Diane To my beautiful boy, Kyle. I hold you close in my heart and will never forget how blessed I am to be your mom and have had you in my life for 19 years. Your light continues to shine through the lives of people you touched during your short time on this earth. I love to infinity and beyond, sweet boy. Until we see each other again, you are forever in my heart. Love, Mom Diane Tribute Casey My beautiful sister Roxana passed last September. I sometimes still find it hard to believe. Roxy, I love you and I miss you more than anyone could ever know. Casey Tribute Siobhan Tristan Sean Peirce 3/19/90-9/17/13 Psalm 34:18  “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Siobhan Tribute Christine The Unfinished We cannot judge a biography by it’s length, Nor by the number of pages in it. We must Judge it by the richness of it’s contents Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant. We cannot judge a song by it’s duration Nor by the number of it’s notes We must judge it by the way it touches and lifts our souls Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful. And when something has enriched your life And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart Is it unfinished? Or is it endless? Anon Christine Tribute Stephanie Thank you for this support page Ryans mom 09 09 18 Forever 34 Accidental overdose Wylers aunty Dennis friend Georges friend Jasons friend 17 close losses in 5 years Stephanie Tribute Jane Sammy girl , 18 years old - died of heroin overdose in July 2017. Heartbroken , still can’t believe she’s gone. South Plainfield, NJ USA Jane Tribute Greg My wife overdosed just 4 months before I was released from federal prison after serving 11 years. During my incarceration she constantly told me that she was clean and waiting for my release. I felt as if my heart was ripped from my chest. Well I continue to stay clean and support those people who have a desire to stop using.
Posted 20/07/2018
Greg Tribute
Christine I just recently lost my one and only daughter Brianna Cipione and I am totally destroyed. She died from a heroin overdose on 4/19/21 just a couple months away from her 21st birthday. There are no words to say and don't know how I can possibly go on without her. Please help these children who suffer from the worst disease in the world. I know you are my angel right now but I miss you more and more each day. Until we meet again. I love you!!!!! Christine Tribute Carol My son Robert E Newman III 11/7/1995- 06/08/2021 a week before my Birthday I reviewed a text that he had died from a fentanyl overdose. Carol Tribute Robin R.I.P. To my sister and best friend, Taryn Lyle. You were and still are loved. I got your initials tattooed on my wrist since we never got to get our matching ones. Everything good I do in my life will be for you. I will never stop missing you! Xoxo. -your bestie for life, Robin. T.M.L. 10/9/84-7/27/16 *** if you are currently struggling with addiction, please let your loved ones know and build a strong support team. You are loved. Robin Tribute Tammy Brunelle

Our wonderful, talented, funny son Ryan passed away on May 12, 2016. Ryan was 27 and held a mechanical engineering degree. He was someone who wasn't afraid to fight for what he wanted, but opiates were a competitor Ryan didn't know how to battle. Hopefully this epidemic will spur new scientific research to advance the treatments available for addiction.

Sterling, MA. USA
Tammy Brunelle Tribute
The Walker Family To the Soristo family in memory of Adam Dobson. The Walker Family Tribute Sherri This is my beautiful niece Charity. She passed away Jan. 2016. She was kind, funny, smart, witty, and had a heart of gold and was loved beyond measure! We miss her more everyday. I pray today for all those who have lost loved ones to this horrible disease. May God give you comfort and peace as only He can! 💜 Sherri Tribute marisel chavez In loving memory of my son Ralph 3-5-1988 to 5-27-2012. I will miss you forever, my heart is broken, you left me too soon my son. May God watch over you, until we see each other again. I know you didn't mean to overdose, but I know you thought you were superman. I will always love you with all my heart. Your my #1. Love, Mom oxox marisel chavez Tribute Lexi I miss you a lot dad. It has been almost 4 years since you passed and each day gets easier knowing you’re watching over me and protecting me. Thank you for that. I love you very much best friend. Goodnight 💤 Posted 23/10/2018 Lexi Tribute Karen Quandell D. G 3/17/1982 - 9/2/2017 Ain't Nothing Like a Son! I sure miss you boy. Never ever thought I would be in this world and not hear you say, "Ma." That takes my breath away, makes my heart miss a beat. Every day my heart breaks for you my dear Son. Why couldn't you just listen to your Momma and come home? North Carolina Karen Tribute Lisa My son Logan overdosed and died 9/6/2019. By all accounts he should not be alive today. I don't know why but the EMS did not give up on him. They gave him 8 doses of Narcan in total and CPR. He survived. I thank God every day. He had been sober a little over 2 years. He is married with 2 children now. Holds a great job. Please pray he can maintain this for himself!!!! Lisa Tribute Valerie My daughter Arizona K Bartlett. Mother of 2, older sister to 3 brothers, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend to so many. July 4, 2019 unofficial date of death. Missing for 4 days. Found July 8, 2019 official date of death. Missed by so many. 18 months in recovery and relapsed. Posted 12/08/2019 Valerie Tribute Mary Hughes

I write my tribute in memory of my Nephew William Hughes and the countless lives that have been take to this dreadful disease. My Nephew William was the most beautiful and caring young man I ever met. He had a passion for Life, the Arts, Friendship, & Family. He struggled with addiction for years and was in several rehabs by the age of 21. He came to my Brother and said, "Dad,I need Help...long term stay Dad." My Brother & Sister-In-Law did everything in their power for years to help William, we all did. He went 4 hours away upstate New York to the Villa Veritas. We would rotate visiting on Sundays so William always had support and a friendly face. He was doing so good!! He was there for 10 months & decided he was ready to come home. My Brother drove up to get him on 5/29/2015 and on the most horrifying day of our lives 5/31/2015 my Brother found William overdosed in his bedroom. He lost his battle in less than 30 hours after 10 months clean. I saw William 3 weeks before he passed & believe me...he was so happy. I would have never let him out of the great big hugs he was famous for. I cry as I write this. Our Family has been forever changed. It's a pain that is indescribable!!! William was 23 yrs.old and he's a Twin. William was the Son I never had & the kindest person to my daughter who has Special Needs. We celebrate his life each May 31st with a group of us meeting at the beach and releasing lanterns with messages on them. We have joined several groups that raise awareness, fight to pass bills, end stigma, and support Education for Addiction. I will walk on 9/24/17 carrying his picture as we raise awareness to this dreadful disease. I know that my Angel William is walking right beside Us!!! My T-shirt reads...SUPPORTING THE Fighters ADMIRING THE Survivors HONORING THE Taken AND NEVER ,EVER GIVING UP Hope! William Hughes 10/25/91-5/31/15 23 years young!!! REST WITH THE ANGELS MY LOVE!! NOT ONE MORE!!

Brooklyn, New York 11234
Mary Hughes Tribute
Gerri Scott To Josh Graves, my beloved grandson who died March 19 2011 age 21 from a prescription pill and alcohol. We love you and miss you every single day big buddy. 'Til we meet again. xoxoxoxoxo From Grammy and Pop Gerri Scott Tribute Your LIttle Sister To: Pat You always believed in Angels Now you fly with them I wish I could have understood you more Your LIttle Sister Tribute Helena Wong Michael Gentle,kind and loving. Quiet and unassuming. Cheeky grin on his face when something tickled him Intelligent,focused,computer programmer, Musician but most of all loving son,brother,grandson, nephew and cousin. TOO YOUNG TO DIE ALWAYS LOVED mum,dad,chris and marie Helena Wong Tribute Mary He wanted to save his girlfriend from her heroin addiction. He spoke often of his fear that she would die. But it wasn't his girlfriend who lost the battle. On April 6, 2013, in what was to be their last hit, heroin won. Ryan was 32. I love you, son. Ryan's mom Mary Tribute Kathi Arbini I lost my 21 year old son in 2009. He died of a heroin/Xanax overdose. We were pretty clueless about addiction especially our sons. I see all of the red flags now but didn’t then. I have found a group that are so smart. We help get people into treatment, we encourage harm reduction, have sober living houses and offer many wonderful meetings every week. We didn’t have this when Kevin was alive and using. I lost my only child to this horrible disease of addiction. I thank God now , that I am able to help people that need my help. How I wish my son was still here, but that wasn’t his journey. I believe my sons life is worth sharing and helping to get other people clean and healthy. I still cry .... just not as often..... miss my Kevin! Posted 04/06/2019 Kathi Arbini Tribute Marg, Jaimie, Tezz, Taylor To: Kristopher A battle too hard to win. We loved you regardless and lived in hope the day would come where peace would be your friend. So many new adventures to have - we all love you past the dark and miss your beyond... listening to you . Love Mum xxxxxxxxx Marg, Jaimie, Tezz, Taylor Tribute Ellen My daughter lost her soulmate to overdose on August 31, 2020. 23 years old, probably hadn't been using for very long, but that didn't matter. His body had too much that day and couldn't handle what he put in it, and he died alone in his room. He was such a nice kid, hard-working, helpful, friendly, and he really loved her. She loved him too. Now I grieve for the love my daughter lost, the altered future she will face and the fear that this will be too much for her. I hope and pray she never uses, but I'll never feel she is safe. RIP Jude, we love and will miss you forever. Ellen Tribute Suzie My Amazing Nephew Charles Cory Clampitt Lost his life to a Cocaine and Fentanyl overdose on November 6, 2019. He was a Son, a Grandson, a Nephew, and a Father. He left behind 2 beautiful children ages 10 and 6. He loved them both so much! He had been a certified Drug and alcohol Councillor. And helped many people find sobriety. He was clean and sober for Many Many years.. Until life threw some big curveballs at him. He slipped… and it was all over. Cory had a spirit so much bigger than earth!! And we all feel that God needed him more in Heaven to help out. Losing him has broken our family in a way, I cannot explain. We will never the the same.. We will never be Ok, And his kids will never have their Daddy.. We love and miss him every second of every day. RIP Charles Cory Clampitt 10-6-2019 Suzie Tribute Jennifer

Remembering a great man today! We miss you every day !! Always in our hearts, gone but not forgotten RIP Greg ❤❤❤❤❤

Goose creek, sc
Jennifer Tribute
Pauline My sister Paula Carter died back in Dec of 2015, few weeks before Christmas, we had no clue, n would never had thought this would be the case, she was 34 yrs old and has been a shock to all of us, she was going thru a divorce, and was happier that she finally left and loved her two boys, has a 9 yr old and a 2 yr old, sh adored her kids, was stressed I know from soon to be ex husband, but we didn't get to talk alot, but she was a good person, believed in God, and wanted better for her and her boys, she wasn't constant with drugs as far as I know, but she could have been trying to deal with the stress of everything, be close to your family and friends and keep your eyes open,  be aware as much as you can.   Pauline Tribute Cathy Reaume Love you and miss you Liz.. You never had a chance.. Carfentanyl poisoning .. aug10/86-June 8/2017.
Posted 21/08/2018
Cathy Reaume Tribute
Dillon This afternoon - six hours ago, your sister called me. She was frantic. I asked if she was okay, and she said your name. I knew. Police said it was a heroin overdose, but I know this isn't you. You carried me through my addiction, and you carried me through the darkest places I've been in my life. Of the fifteen plus years I've known you - I've been clean almost ten years now, in Grace to you - and I now know you more intimately because of my addiction. It was only months ago we celebrated my birthday together. This is not real, and I'm still lying to myself that I'll see you soon in Chicago. I can't imagine life without you. My heart aches for you. You were my guardian angel on Earth for years, and I know God has called you home to be an angel to many more. I pray that I see you again, brother. I love you. Dillon Tribute Sue Reese RIP Richie. Your always in our hearts. Watch over us. Miss you Roo Levittown pa 19054 Sue Reese Tribute Donella Mackenzie McLauchlan - forever 23. We miss you so much. Donella Tribute Josephine R. Travis , you will always be remembered and missed dearly , you will forever be in our hearts , love mom 💜 McKees Rocks , Pa Josephine R. Tribute Stella My sons friend .. only 18 .. wish i’d known her better . She had all her life in front of her to live .. tragic she felt she had to end it 😢 she’s greatly missed by my son and her other close friends. Even though i didn't know her well i feel her pain in my heart … RIP Jessie xxx Stella Tribute Janell L M Patrick your three year anniversary of your death is approaching on July 25th 2017 and many memories are flooding in my mind of my Patrick, sometimes you would disappear no calls no text messages and be so distant. sometimes you would be just my "Patrick" clean and my heart was alive with hope. I want you back with us ! The world is not the same without you Son. I would of rather You be here somewhat impaired and using and possibly a cure would be found for addiction then gone from this earth. I was always present in Patrick's life when he was here on earth good and bad . I'm not saying I approved of what he was doing but I always treated him with compassion and respect. It was important that he knew I was on his side. I miss you Pat my buddy boy. My life is not the same. I miss the funny stuff you did and all our long talks about fishing, the Steelers and the Penguins. I miss everything all of it I would of given my life to save you but that was not to be. My son my love of my life my hank the crank I miss you love you Mommy Janell L M Tribute Jackie Smallwood

I lost my beautiful daughter January 4th 2015. Summer was only 25 years old. A beautiful life and mind lost to the soul stealing, most evil drug. I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life. I love you Summer.

Newcomerstown Ohio, USA
Jackie Smallwood Tribute
Maddie Amanda 7/26/95-7/4/20 You were my best friend for 8 years. I remember how we first started talking on Myspace and when we met in person in high school we were instantly bonded to each other. I have never had a friendship so strong and real- we did everything together, from picking you up to carpool to high school, eating junk food in your room, planting and watering the tomatoes and peppers in your garden and going to concerts. I was so looking forward to reconnecting this year. You brought so much light and love into my life and I cherish the many years of memories I have of us as well as all the gifts from you that I still have. I've been talking to your family and we're planning on sending off biodegradable lanterns at the beach for you this Saturday. I love you so much Amanda. Maddie Tribute Elizabeth My brother Keith died from a heroin overdose in April of 2015. The heroin was laced with Fentanyl and he was alone when he used. No one in my family had any idea that he was addicted to heroin. Nothing prepares you for this kind of loss, and no one should have to go through this. I miss him everyday. Elizabeth Tribute Richard Just remembering today after over thirty years of involvement in the AOD field, the clients lost to overdose, of special mention is Phil. He was a friend. Richard Tribute Misty We lost my baby sister Jenna  on February 29 2016. She had a short but hard 8 month battle with heroin and in that time overdosed twice (the second time taking her life) and was in treatment for 100 days. She took what she thought was heroin but turned out to be only fentanyl and posted a post about living life on facebook and went to sleep and never woke up.  Overdose deaths are so hard to deal with because you want to help that person so badly but you cant. She was such a talented sweet compassionate person.  She just couldnt deal with life and the obstacles that it threw at her. Mental health is a big part of addiction.  There needs to be more help in that area to help the addiction part.  So many people loved her and she was a positive part of so many peoples lives and she has a 2 year old son. But she lived in a dark hole she could not climb out of..  We miss her every day and it still doesnt seem real.  Feels like a nightmare. I know she is at peace now and free from her illness. I will miss her until we meet again. ??? Misty Tribute Randi May you now Rest In Peace, Daddy. Posted 06/08/2019 Randi Tribute Glenn C To my daughter Amber......you left us too soon. Armani, Brenda and I miss you so much and wish with all our hearts.....you were here. WE LOVE YOU HONEY.
Posted 07/08/2018
Glenn C Tribute

 

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