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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) – held on August 31 every year – is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind.

Our theme for 2024 is “Together we can”, highlighting the power of our community when we all stand together.

#TogetherWeCan #IOAD2024 #EndOverdose 

Ways to get involved

Host or join an event

Host or attend an International Overdose Awareness Day event to remember those lost to overdose, learn more about overdose, or advocate for change to end overdose.

Download and share resources

Download our campaign, advocacy and education resources and share messages about overdose and overdose prevention in your community or workplace today.

Remember with a tribute

Post a tribute to a loved one who has passed away from an overdose on the International Overdose Awareness Day tribute page. 


Buy merchandise

Buying and wearing merchandise is a great way to show your support and spread the messages of International Overdose Awareness Day.

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Tributes from the community

Matthew Kirby

My big brother Matt 1981-2024 You had a hard life. You were a pain in my butt but now I miss you being a pain in my butt. Until we meet again

... Your little Sister Amy

Zachary G. Smith

I loved you your entire life
I will miss you for the rest of mine.
Love you most. Forever Ma

... Joddi

Lena Racel Teifel

To my beautiful loving funny daughter. Forever 21. I cherish all the memories that we made together and find comfort that you are in the arms of our loving father in Heaven. I miss you everyday your laughter you’re warmth you’re kindness your wisdom. You are forever in my heart my sweet girl. Until we meet again

... Wanda Denise

Rodney Bell

Our family will never be the same without you💜

... Deborah Bell

Araceli Marie

My daughter passed away to a fentanyl overdose on 04.03.24. She is my first born daughter and I miss her terribly. I would like her to be remembered for her spunky and strong personality, her endless love for her siblings and her beautiful smile. Araceli could (and still will) light up the room with a mention of her name. She was (and always will be) the light of my life. I am so thankful for the 18 years I got to spend with her. Every aspect of her will be missed. Until we meet again my baby girl 🤍🪽

... Tara

My mom Suzie

“Mommy!” I screamed for you that night, the pain I was in, only you could’ve comforted me. Dad tried and I think he was scared for me because I hid what I was going through. For so long I felt I was just in a dark cloud I barely remember the first 6 months you were gone… I’ll never forget that day and the days followed by your death. I wish I could go back and call you the day before like I was supposed too. Instead I called the next day and it was to late, I had to call dad to go check on you. I miss your hugs no one can hug me like you hugged me. I miss me being able to call you and talk for hours. I miss your smell of vanilla, sometimes I get a hint of you. I miss you talking about Shadow and Jackie like they were your children, sometimes you would call me crying because you were sad because something happened to there eggs. I miss you talked my about the horses across the street, I know your riding Mystic up there. I miss you coming and spending the day with me and it turned into a week of you staying with me. I think about you everyday and I feel you all around me. I’m sorry you’re not here, you should be, I’m sorry that you were in a lot of pain all those years. Giving someone pain pills who already had mental health issues was like a ticking time bomb, I wish the system did better for you. I’ll never stop missing you. Until we see each other again, I can’t wait for your embrace. I love you mommy.
Love your Sissy Bug

... Cecilia

#IOAD. Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Overdose affects everyone. From grieving families to spontaneous first responders, the impacts of overdose are far-reaching and fall indiscriminately.

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