International Overdose Awareness Day: 31st August

International Overdose Awareness Day

The world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind

Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Get involved

Hosting or attending an International Overdose Awareness Day event is a powerful way to stand together to remember people who have lost their lives to overdose.

Campaign resources

We provide campaign materials to share within your community to help prevent overdose.

Remember a lost loved one

Post your tribute to a loved one who has passed away from an overdose.

Donate

Donate and help to raise awareness of overdose and spread the message that overdose is preventable.

Tributes to lost loved ones

Cathy Rosselot July 19, 2018 was the date that changed my life forever. My beloved 34 year old daughter, Charlsy Elizabeth, died of a heroin overdose at 7:35am that day leaving behind a beautiful little girl who turned 5 the following week. My daughter had everything to live for, but heroin stole it from her. We miss her more than words can say.............
Posted 30/08/2018
Cathy Rosselot
Michelle My beautiful brother Craig you left too soon. I miss you every day and still can't believe I'll never see your silly grin again. I love you Bruv Michelle. Michelle Debbie Our son, Andrew, should be remembered for helping so many others through the disease of addiction who remain sober to this date. He had a big heart, smile, and soul, and we won't ever let him be forgotten through the peace that the happy memories bring 🙏❤️ Debbie Me’Chelle I lost my nephew, Roman to a heroin overdose on 5/2/2012 and my sister, Terri, to a heroin overdose on 9/2/2014.  Not a day goes by that I don't miss them.  I wish to God that Heroin did not exist.  My heart aches everyday and a part of me died the day they died.  My life has forever changed.  I love you both so much and I hope I am making you proud. Love, Me'Chelle. XoXo Me'Chelle Mick Jordan, There are things I meant to say when we were older, not because we may not grow old together, but that we may not grow old at all. You're so much more important than anything I'll ever do, and I would rather have been your friend, than anything I'll ever be. And just in case you ever think nobody does, I Love You Miss you everyday ...rest in God's Love. little more... Mick Posted 12/04/2019 Mick Linda CJ you are missed more than you will ever know. I wish I would have known your struggle with opioid's. I wish I could have helped you. I know you are safe in God's hands and your struggles are over. I love you my little boy. Mom Linda Trish This is in memory of Renee Owens. Renee passed on her birthday 3/2/16. Renee you are loved and missed! Trish Bonnie Mota

We lost our son Alexander on April 27,2017 to an overdose. My heart is broken, i am broken. I miss him every second of every day. He was the most intelligent person i knew. I miss you sweet boy and i love you always...Mama

Florida
Bonnie Mota
Sheila To my brother my best friend William Billy Brown. I hate that you aren’t here with us. I hate that all that you went through you felt to turn to drugs instead of me. I hate pills and heroin with a passion and try to understand the disease because of you. I remember when you wouldn’t even touch a cigarette. I was in so much denial learning about a needle I couldn’t face it. I miss you so much and this disease has killed a lot of our friends and done horrible things to our family. I would do anything to talk to you u or hug you again. I wish I could’ve done something anything for you. I love you so much and think of you everyday ❤️ Sheila Leonie My sister passed away of an overdose at the age of 18 she would be 40 now but forever 18. She left behind 2 little Boys so part of her lives on in them. People please just remember it can be anyones family. We always think it couldnt happen to our family but in the blink of an eye it can. R.I.P to all the ones who havecbeen taken bye overdose. ♡ Leonie Jo My darling David You were the light of my life in an uncertain time. You showed me that the world could be truly beautiful if you just took the time to look. I hope you are still making beautiful discoveries. I miss you every day. Jo lou2u To all those who I have passed by along that road we all know too well. Many lost, some still dying too long before their time! I dream of still hearing your voice, seeing you smile touching souls. I carry with me the mark you left on the World..........RIP! I pray for the day when no more will be lost! Together as we creep towards working as one this day shall come! XXXXX Love to all who have been touched by the damage done! lou2u Melo I love you always David D. I will never forget you. I hope to see you in my dreams. Hopefully we will be together in heaven. I miss my best friend Brookeville Melo Tjh My beautiful talented daughter Jillian Nicole (5/6/93 to 5/10/09) you died before the epidemic was at full strength and before we could realise what we were looking at. I'm so sorry I failed you but I just didn't know. You left your mom, brothers,sisters,friends and community bereft. With my new eyes and new knowledge perhaps I can help someone else. You're safe in heaven and died before you knew the hell this drug brings. Tjh Annette In memory of my forever 32 son, Timothy Toman who passed from accidental OD of the evening of 6/21/2016 You are missed by all...??mom Annette Selina Michelle Pinkerton My son Steven ..I'm sorry you had to go through this!. Nov 23,2019 was the worst day in my life! ..I lost my son , my heart is broken and my soul hurts I can't believe you're gone, I love my son always and missing you everyday..just know we will be together again , when you passed part of me did as well..life won't be the same but my love is never ending ..love mom Posted 11/01/2020 Selina Michelle Pinkerton Lyndsey Thinking of Luke Grippa today...left this world entirely too soon. The last 4 years had been heartbreaking for most people in his life due to his addiction however 3 beautiful gifts came out of this journey...2 precious daughters (lily and beth) and a new level of compassion in my heart for those that are struggling. Today I don't want to think about the hurt, the mistakes, the bad decisions, the suffering...today I want to remember the love, the positive memories and the release of his bondage in this world. Luke was funny, smart, witty, he had a contagious laugh, an innocence underneath all the mistakes that had hardened him and a heart bigger than his brain. He was intelligent, talented, musically inclined, and an unbelievable hard worker. I watched him grow in the past 10 years and horrifically regress in the last 3. He had a way of always making everything seem like it was going to be ok and comfort others even when he couldn't do the same for himself. I will never forget telling him we were going to have a baby and seeing the first reaction of pure joy proceeded by euphoria when she came into this world. That glow he had at those moments were his light...Who he really was under it all...under all the mistakes...it's what the drugs had burried and didnt let through. In remembrance today I like to think of that shell being broken and his light and spirit released to heaven to be free. I will always love his spirit and hate the addiction. So many things I never got to say, most importantly "Im sorry for what you went though and good bye"...so I hope he hears me now..."Rest in peace my dear friend, watch over your babies and I'll do my best to raise our daughter to become the best parts of us both." Lyndsey Emily Andrew MacNiven it was a privilege to love you while you were here on this earth and it will continue to be a privilege while your my angel in heaven. Rest In Peace 7/1/1990-3/14/2015 Stewartsville Emily Taylor Dad - It has been 6 months since I received the news that you had overdosed and passed away.  A deadly cocktail of prescription pain pills and alcohol led you to your grave. It was accidental and that makes it all the harder to come to terms with. The memories I have of sober you - they are my fondest memories. My sober father was the kindest and most generous man I will ever know. I miss you more than words can convey; however, I know you are with Mom and the rest of the family. I hope you have found solace and peace. As for anyone else struggling with addiction, you will think it will never be you, but anyone can accidentally overdose. I pray for everyone affected by drug use. Taylor Nikki My son Jerry was my light, love and my mini me. He would give anything to anyone. He loved life and enjoying doing things for little kids. He was sober for 6 years and was having a rough time and relapsed. He was told by the dealer the drug was dangerous, but he didn't know how dangerous until he nolonger woke up. My son was murdered by fentanyl and someone he grew up with, someone he trusted. I miss him so bad, I miss his smile, his laugh, his practical jokes. I miss him and will always love him. ❤️ Nikki Vanessa Taylor, It's been 9 years since you left us. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about you. You were one of the most incredible human beings I've ever met. I've been clean for over a year. I'm working with a non profit that is fighting this epidemic. And I've had you as my motivation and guardian angel the entire way. Thank you for showing me signs constantly. I love you and miss you. I hope you're proud of me.
<3
Posted 18/08/2018
Vanessa
Neil C To all the people, way too many to mention, that lost their lives through addiction. Not a week goes by where I don't think of at least one of you. Rest in peace my friends. Neil C Donna

I lost my beautiful Daughter April Burkette on 2/28/17 to fentanyl. She left behind a sweet little 8 year old daughter. I will always miss her smile. RIP my baby girl.

Falling Waters, WV
Donna
Kathy Smith To: My Son Quentin, died from a accidental overdose, 27 years old died on March 23, 2010. The best son ever...missed so much and loved forever. See you in heaven dear heart! Moms Kathy Smith Kym Porter In memory of our son, brother and friend...Neil Balmer Nov 13, 1984 - July 1, 2016. Always loved and held deeply in our hearts. Posted 27/08/2018 Kym Porter Jolene Greyeyes I am a former drug addict who was able to escape the grips of addiction after 11 long painful years of homelessness and addiction. I have been clean going on 7 years. Since Fentanyl hit the West Coast almost 2 years ago I have lost over 75 friends which I knew during my years of addiction. The mourning doesn't stop people are dying at a rapid rate. I will attend and speak at my very first International overdose awareness day in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 31 I share in memory of the friends we have lost. Vancouver BC Jolene Greyeyes Jeanie and Genaro We lost our beautiful, wonderful daughter of a Heroin overdose July 13, 2018. The pain is raw and unbearable. People say , Well she's out of pain. she's not suffering anymore, she's at peace. I guess that's true but why did it have to happen to begin with..why her? She tried and tried so many times but couldn't stay sober. Her brain was altered. She had no choice. We will forever love her and miss her dearly. My sweet child.
Posted 23/08/2018
Jeanie and Genaro
Paula

My nephew, Eric, is/was a warm, loving, funny, intelligent, 26 year old. He brought joy to so many people. His addiction caused pain and suffering to so many, and to him. The family is now suffering with this loss, after trying to intervene and find help through the years. The loss is immeasurable. We have to find ways to heal and honor Eric, at the same time. We don't know how to do that yet, as it is so raw. Our state (Florida) is lacking in resources and help groups for families who are suffering with this loss. I hope the Awareness of this group will shed some light on that need.

Miami, Florida
Paula
Kay In honor of my loving brother, Pat. He was the smartest, most creative guy who wouldn’t hesitate to give you the shirt off his back and was accepting of everyone. I’ll miss and love you forever Pat! Kay Greg Dearest Monique, It's been quite a few years since you left us, but i think of you often, and i miss you heaps. Love alway's, Greg xxx Greg Brianna This is a tribute for Jeff LaBrie, who died of an overdose on May 23, 2016. Although I did not know him for longer than a year, I knew him well enough to know that he wasn't ready to leave this world or to be done having fun with all the people he loved. He was struggling on a day to day basis to stay sober, and it brings me peace to realize that his struggle is over. Although he must have been fighting his own internal battles, he always managed to bring a smile to my face and I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with him. He moved to this area to get away from the addictions he was fighting and was able to be free of them for a few months, but unfortunately gained another addiction in the process. No one can ever know when the last time they will see a person is, and I only wish I could have spent more time with Jeff. He will definitely be missed, and I will forever remember him for his love of fun, his smile, his ability to make everyone around his laugh, and the way I could always be myself and completely comfortable around him. Brianna Stephanie I lost my son Trevor Yarrington Nov 16 2013 he was 18 yrs old. I miss you more and more everyday. Life is not the same without you here. I miss hearing your silly giggle I miss hearing you call me mommy, I miss you picking on your brother and sister but most of all i miss our talks and how you would give me advise on certain things and a lot of the time it was really bad advise but we would always end up laughing. You had a gift to make everyone around you smile and since you left there is a lot less smiles here. We all miss you so much. I hope you are happy. I love you baby boy. I promise i will never let go. Love your mom Stephanie Jodi You will never be forgotten Amy and Julie...both of my sisters are together now, and at peace. Miss you! ❤️ Posted 31/08/2019 Jodi Ashley Dedicated to my best friend, my road dawg, Ruby's favorite uncle, the funniest person ever and omeone I miss more than anything every freaking day. I love you Stern Bust. Happy 30th Birthday tomorrow. I'll be celebrating just how I know we would be-- at the Angel's game getting the free Hello Kitty Plush Toy. 🙂 Michel Paul Sternberg 8/18/86-1/2/15 Ashley Billie-Jo Rich I lost the love of my life to accidental overdose. He, unintentionally, overdosed on Fentanyl and Heroin, on May 3, 2019. I miss him so very much. He was my everything. James Christopher Neill, I'll see you on the other side, Penguin. Posted 09/06/2019 Billie-Jo Rich Melinda Fowler

I lost my father Jeff Fowler to a heroin overdose on Jan.20th 2015 he is very sadly missed

circleville
Melinda Fowler
Rachel Eric, bud... hard to believe it's been a year and a half since I received news of your OD. You fought a long battle of heroin addiction for seven years and was sober for the two that I knew you. I think about you everyday, the good times we had together and the memories that will last until we meet again. I wonder if I had called would you still be here but that's something I can't blame myself forever, you fought a long hard battle and I can never express how proud I am to have impacted your life as much as you did mine in the short time we knew each other. I love and miss you so much bud, I know you're looking down and smiling at me everyday. Rachel Aaliyah To my older brother, my best friend Elvis: You always gave the tightest hugs and had the biggest smile! You had a big heart and loved everyone, for who they were. You were loved by many. Especially by me. I will never be the same without you; yet it comforts me to know that one day, we'll meet again. By my side forever. Love your sister. Aaliyah Lori A Santos In loving memory of my brother Robert H Tavares Jr. He left us at the young age of 27. Robert will always be remembered for his kind, loving caring heart. He is truly missed by all of us. I will forever be your voice. #notonemore Posted 31/07/2019 Lori A Santos Terrance RIP Terrance Whaley II, 6/28/98 - 4/16/2014 Awareness of addiction, Needs to be a War on Addiction. Too many kids dying every day, and what is the Govt doing! Mental Illness is not addressed. My son needed long term treatment for his addictions and his Mental Illness which was brought on by the pills he became addicted to. This shouldn't happen to any parent . Terrance Louise In memory of my beautiful baby boy, Zachary, who died of an accidental morphine overdose on July 19, 2013, just one month shy of his 22nd birthday.  Zachary continues on in our hearts and will forever live in our memories.  He continues to provide us with courage, strength and determination to provide financial assistant to families who lack the means to send their loved ones to treatment. Zachary, we love you, we miss you and we pray that you have found the peace in heaven that alluded you on earth.   Love, Mom Louise A To: Mikey He lost his dad to an overdose last night 3/2/14. He was a good man, it's sad to see him go like this. R.I.P. Caveman A Jeanne Kyle Scott Bagwell, Age 26 of Goodlettsville, TN died Monday October 14, 2013. He has a son on the way in Jan of 2014. I would like to send thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at this time. The Bagwell family is predominantly from Springfield, TN. This large family may be known from their affiliation for many years to the Robertson County Times where Juanita Bagwell's Dad owned and operated the paper and she worked as well. This is Juanita and Vincent Bagwell's grandson, their son, Scott and DeAna Bagwell were the parents of Kyle, he has a sister named Kristin. Jeanne Tonya I wish to honor the memory of my daughter, Jenay. She was a smart, funny, strong, courageous,free spirit who happened to also be an addict. On July 31, 2019, She passed away.... on her 26th birthday. I love and miss her everyday, I hope she has peace now. Tonya 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
Levine My son Jordan Riley Levine died on March 27, 2020 from a drug overdose. I am having difficulty dealing with the death of my only child. Some days I am ok and others I am a mess. Today I am a mess and I was searching for outreach when I found this site. I miss him so very much, sometimes it seems to hurt physically. I pray for other parents who have gone through this and I pray that no other parent would ever have to feel this pain. Levine Ellen June 20 2014 was the day my heart shattered into a thousand jagged pieces.  I lost my best friend, my love, my Daniel.  There will forever be a Daniel-sized hole in my heart.  I am grateful for the time I did get to spend with you my darling, wonderful friend.  I carry with me your smile, your laugh, the voice you used any time you talked to cats, the way you tilted your head before you said something uncertain, running into you randomly at work and smiling from ear to ear when I did, your beard, your hats, that stupid top drawer in your bathroom that broke every time I tried to get my toothbrush, the smell of your face wash, how OCD you were about your coffee pot and your protein powders, the sound you made the first time I took you to eat Indian food, the way you said "buttercream icing", watching you feed buttercream icing to my cat - I still blame you for his obesity, by the way... I miss you.  I miss your heart.  I miss your face.  I miss your everything.  I hate that you were in so much pain that heroin was your escape.  I love you for loving me and for letting me love you.  All the days I will live the rest of my life without you are worth the short amount of days I got to live with you.  Love with you.  Love you.  My friend. xx Ellen Joanne Ramsey My beautiful son David passed away March 8, 2013. He was 30 years old. He was funny, compassionate and loving. He was my baby. I miss him every minute of everyday and look forward to the day we will be together again. Love you Dave!!! Posted 17/07/2019 Joanne Ramsey Sonya Carey

Nicole Carey borned December 3rd 1990 passed June 10th 2016. Our life was not meant to be lived without you.

USA
Sonya Carey
RK Since 1982, I must have been to at least 25 OD funerals nearly all of which followed a period of abstinence and usually involved alcohol. My friends died because they bought into the lies of prohibition. Addiction is a chronic disease, the symptoms of which CAN be easily and safely treated for less than 50 pence a day. Most of us grow out of it if we survive long enough. Annie from Watford didn't live long enough to find out, neither did "Harry" aka Paul F, Emma, Pete, Phil (the Pill), Tam, Mark et al. Let's not forget the partners, parents, friends and family of the above whose lives were distorted by their loss. Victims all of hypocrisy and the War on Drugs (users) Remember prohibition screws you up. Viva RK