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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 colin Nckolson

My beautiful boy you were taken to soon people took advantage of you im so sorry I wasn’t there to protect you my life changed that day I had to go and identify your body in the mourge no mother should ever have to do that..I miss you so much it hurts 💔 forever 35 my beautiful boy .love you to the moon and back like we always used to say to each other 💙 until we meet again my boy x

... Karen

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

#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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