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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

Alan Michael Proctor

My Sweet boy. Oh how you are loved and missed…every single moment of every single day. My world shattered the day you died, August 16, 2020, of an accidental fentanyl overdose. You fought so hard for so long. I treasure our memories and the love we shared. I will always be proud of you, love you and will miss you the rest of my life. It will an incredible reunion one day when I see you in heaven. Love, Your Momma Bear XO

... Kim

Donald Neal Crist

My world, along with so many others lost an exceptional human being, Donald Neal Crist on September 18, 2022 from an accidental overdose.

There are no words to fully describe how much I love and miss you. Your life was worth so much more than how you passed. I love you always and forever. Yours, Susan

... Susan

John Christopher Steen

John.. my baby. We were not ready for this. I’ll never be ready. I was proud to be your mother every single day of your life and nothing could ever change that. I miss you so much John. I can’t imagine this life without you. Thank you for the last 6 months of your life when you were clean. Every conversation, every I love you, every kiss goodnight, every prayer. I will cherish it all forever. You are beautiful. #forever22

... Kelley

Bryan Gerben

Bryan, I miss you so much. There is not a moment that I don’t think about you. You would be so proud of your children. I will always love you and you will never be forgotten. I will be your voice! Rest well my son! Forever 41

... Debbie

Uncle Len

I always cherished our relationship when you were here with us and now that you’ve been gone, I hold those cherished memories closest to my heart. Our conversations I will always hold dear. You were one of the smartest, most giving, loving , kind person I’ve ever known and I was always proud to call you my uncle. Thank you for teaching me all that you and being there for me no matter what, even when you were hurting the most. I will never forget. I will always be your Asharoo forever and always. I love you

... Your Asharoo

My beautiful daughter Brianna Jade Simms

My beautiful daughter, how I miss you could never be expressed in words. July 16, 2022 was the day we lost you and although it has only been 2 years, it feels like you’ve been gone a lifetime. You made me a mother and taught me what it meant to love something more than myself. You taught me what being selfless meant. You motivated me in every sense of the word. You shaped the woman and mother I am today. Not a day goes by that I see your smile and hear your laughter. Although you are not here with me in the physical, I know deep in my soul that our cord that connects us can never be severed and that cord is connected for eternity. Our memories are imprinted upon me and held close to my heart forever. Thank you for giving me 22 years of your beauty, smile, laughter and love and most of all thank you for choosing me to be your mom. I love you forever and always.

... Mom

#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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