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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

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Tributes from the community

David Christian Martin

My beloved son, How I love you my beautiful boy and how I miss us. You were a light in every which way, loving, selfless, and would give the shirt off your back to anyone in need. It is 6 1/2 years since you have been gone and the pain of the loss of a child is never ending… I carry you with me every single day is this so called journey of life without my son… oh David… what pain and agony it is and will always be without you my beautiful boy… you are my love and my sorrow… te amo mi Nino lindo, Ma

... Maria

Grant Richard Butts

To my brother, Grant. I miss you everyday and only wish I could hug you again. Your nephews Liam and Lance talk about you all the time and I would do anything to have you back so you could watch them grow up. I love you so much and I’m sorry I didn’t give you the help you needed. I’ll have that regret for the rest of my life. I hope you know how much I love you and miss you. For now, enjoy your new life in Heaven and please be waiting there for me when it’s my turn.

... Sara

Dr Andrew Julian

Oh, the sheer agony of it all. Your presence made our world a much kinder and more joy-filled place. Your absence leaves a gaping void that will never be filled. You are loved and missed more than Life Herself, darling Drew. Forever and all-ways in our hearts…

... Ma


Walking the Cow in your honor forever and awlays. I hope you finally found peace.

... anonymous

My Beautiful Mary

My Love, it’s been 4 years since I lost you to this horrible disease and it only seems like yesterday that you were here with me and we were planning our future together. I will always remember your beautiful smile and loving heart for there was never another person who heart was ever loving as yours my Angel and you are missed more than you’ll ever know.
There’s not a single moment of everyday that I am not thinking of you and crying deep inside my heart, and asking God why he took you away from us on that horrible day that will haunt me forever.
But I do know that you are with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for he always takes the beautiful ones first.
Mary touched so many lives and I can’t tell everybody what an incredible and amazing woman that she was and I am so very grateful and blessed that she chose to be by my side in the final years of her life. And even though you were 19 years younger than me, we were the perfect couple and my only regret was not being able to meet you sooner and that way I would’ve been able to love and know you longer. The last 6 years of my life with you were and always will be the best years I have ever known, you could light up a room when you walked in, because you were so beautiful and had presence that was undeniable about you, and of all the guys in the world you chose me and a part of me also died on that day and I will never be the same again and you will never be forgotten!
Mary you will always be 32 years young and the best thing that ever happened to a guy like me and I am so lost right now in my life, without you here by my side. Your family and friends are utterly devastated by your loss and even now you’re still having friends getting in touch with me, about you and that just shows how many peoples lives you had touched when you were here.
To anyone who ever had the chance to meet her, I want each and everyone to know that Mary was the most amazing woman and friend and the most beautiful giving and sharing person that I have ever known or ever will meet.
My Love, your kindness and loving spirit is always there with me and every time I find myself alone and crying, I can always close my eyes and feel the warmth and love, that only you could make me feel better and I will always feel safe and comfortable knowing you are still here with me in spirit and one day we will be together again and our girls will be there by our side for they miss you more than you’ll ever know .
I will always love you and I will never love another for you had me at hello my darling.
All our love Greg and our girls Meow meow & Stevie.
R.I.P. Mary 1985-2020

... Greg

Morgan Honeycutt

Our daughter in law for 10 years. She is the mother to our 5 year old grandson. She passed away a year ago on June 8, 2023.
She is greatly missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts but mostly my son and her son’s hearts.
She was only 28, would have been 29 July 26th. She was clean for 3 months but struggled with depression and anxiety due to family issues, physical and mental abuse from those same family members.
I know she is finally at peace and helps us all get through.

... Audra

#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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