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David ( DJ) McDonald
March 27, 1991 -March 15, 2016
My heart still breaks for you everyday....I miss your smile, and the way you made our family laugh. Life will never be the same. I know you were suffering , my baby....but wasn't ready to let you go. Rest in love and light until we meet again..
In memory of my beautiful son, Jonathan, who died of an accidental overdose on June 13, 2019. What he took was adulterated with Fentanyl and Xylazine. He was 28 years old and in the best time of his life. Dad, Alex and I miss you terribly, sweetheart. Our hearts will be broken forever.
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
Life is too short at the best of times but especially for cousin Ray, a beautiful person who needed help but only got rejection.
To: Cory Monteith
Hi Cory. Maybe I don't have the right to write you a letter but I just wanted to thank you for having been and still being so inspiring. I won't remember you for the way you left, but for the ways you saved every single one of us. As Finn you taught us that everyone has a second chance and we'll never thank you enough. You'll always be in my heart.
With love, Valeria.
I lost my handsome, intelligent son Michael due to his disease of addiction on February 5, 2016. He was 33 yrs old soon to be 34. The 2nd anniversary of his death is in 5 days. No one should have to bury their child! There wasn't anywhere he could turn to for the professional help he needed. Rehabs and Clinics are only in the business of making money not saving lives. Life was cruel to my beloved son. I have another son, David who joined the Navy to get away from this epiepidemic! He served in 2 foreign wars. When he came home he struggled with his addiction once again. He was found to be 100% disabled after fighting for his country and the day after his brother overdosed he received a retroactive disability check in the amount of $149,000! He always wonders if he had gotten that check a day sooner would his brother still be alive? He wanted to pay for his brother to travel since he was incarcerated most of his life. Michael did an interview on a CT tv station...entitled Street Talk with Michael Righini..tourture in the State Prison. The guards tourtured and abused my son. He was in solitary confinement for 2 yrs and previously he was locked down for 23-24 hrs a day for a year in a half. He was not a violent offender! 13 yrs later he was still having night terrors of guards tourturing him. The last summer of his life he spent with me on Cape Cod in Mass and to hear and see what they did to my son was heartbreaking they destroyed his life he was a tourtured soul after enduring what he did he didn't have a chance to live a clean happy life. He used to numb his pain. My son David will be clean for a year on the 2nd anniversary of his brother's death. My 24 year old daughter was addicted to oxci 30s and eventually she turned to heroin! I have guardianship of her 2 1/2 yr old son. Thankfully I had my grandson when she was arrested otherwise he would be in State care! She is now serving time in prison which is better than burying another child. She's been clean for 5 mths the first time in 10 years. I'm grateful that I have my beautiful grandson safe with me and out of that subcultural lifestyle and my children are finally ready to face life without having to numb their emotional pain!
South Yarmouth MA USA
Remembering my precious son, who we lost in 2013 from overdose. In our hearts and missed today, and every single day. Love and miss him so much. I hope you feel our Love ❤💛💙 Gary 08/25/1970 - 04/08/2013
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
Always remembering my handsome, creative, caring teddy bear of a son, Nicholas Privitera who died at 23 on February 8, 2015. You are missed more than words can express. Nick had a heart of gold, loved to sing and taught himself how to play the guitar. He was an amazing artist and loved to draw. He fought so hard to stay away from heroin but in the end, the demon drug won and took away my one and only son in his prime. Life is forever changed. I love you Nick and can't wait to see you again when my time comes. I know you will watch over all of your family and friends who loved you dearly. You know I love you, right Nick? More than a fat kid loves cake... Love, Mom.
On August 14, 2010, my little brother, Jeremy Grant Koontz died of an unintentional drug overdose. He was 34 years old. It was a Saturday. This song and video tribute tell his story: https://youtu.be/BwQEVFQwCwI We love and miss you, Jeremy.
I lost a close friend on Fathers day in 2007. Nick was born in Hartford, CT and later moved to Arizona where we became friends. He was a graduate of Cave Creek High School in Cave Creek, AZ class of 2000. He was a very talented graphic designer, having received his degree from Chester College of NE in Chester, NH in May 2007. Nick loved to write poetry and hip-hop music, which he enjoyed performing at local venues. I think about Nick often and how such a talented and gifted person was taken away by opioids.
Boo,My Baby boy, who took part of me with him..
Mommy, I'm so sorry and I miss you so much. I havent talked about this in a long time and I'm sorry I havent talked to you for this long but I'm trying. I love you so much. What I want to say is you were the most amazing mom and you were always there for me and I wish that either me or someone would have been there for you and who knows, maybe you would be here now. I know it was your choice to make and you made it. I just hope you're at peace now and I'll see you again on the other side when the time comes. Lots of love from Kaykay xxx
I lost my son on 3-4-2017 of a drug overdose he was a star athletic in football and disc had a associates degree in auto mechanics.also just got a master Subaru technitions degree had blonde hair and blue eyes so handsome worked at the same job for 16 yrs addiction does not decrminate he was awesome son it has destroyed are family so defestating I am his momma and I will not ever be whole again my heart is broken and will never meand.please reach out for help my son wouldn't because he was assamed and would have been stigmatis that would have been better then death .I'm praying Everyday for a cure and for all that suffer from this horrible diesese please God help us all amen .
Dan Esper + Wynter Esper
I wish I could hold you both and say so many things I've been longing to say since you left us.
Dan - you went from a friend to a brother to me. I'm so grateful you showed me the program and introduced me to so many wonderful people. I'm sober again today, I know you can see me now. It's all because when you died I knew it was time to get help again. I love you so much, and I'll see you in people walking down the street and it hits me so hard, I laugh or cry it all depends. But it's just one of the ways I get to keep you close to my heart..
My sweet cousin Michael. You were one of the funniest people I know. I think most people who knew you would say that, and also what an amazing artist you were. You achieved huge goals at such a young age. I'm sorry you had to live with the torment of addiction and the pain it caused. I believe you're at peace now. We miss you. I love you.
In loving memory of my beautiful son Luke, who sadly lost his battle & passed away Xmas day 2018.💔
Such a charismatic soul, loyal & kind.
Not a day goes by my boy that I don’t think of you Luka.
I love you, watch over Summer please.
Luke’s Mum Forever 21❤️🩹
The day you left us Brian, you left an empty space, you took a piece of us all which no one could replace. A loyal man to all you loved, such kindness and so caring. The happiness you gave to us, and good times that we're sharing. I know again we'll all meet up, until we're back together. Your immortal smile and kind heart, will live with us forever. Your loving Karen
My son passed away on August 26, 2017 because of an overdose on heroin. I miss him everyday! I cry everyday!
This has to STOP!
It’s still so hard here without you my only son . You had so much to give , your contagious smile and humongous heart , and how you helped others will never be forgotten. Forever with me Samuel ❤️
For my son Matthew Nematz, who died 5/19/13 of an overdose of fentanyl and alcohol. Matt was 27 when he died. I will always remember you with joy, your smile and your sense of humor. I miss you terribly and so do all your aunts, uncles, cousins and of course Grandpa. My life is completely different without you. There is a hole where you should be. And yet I know you are close, I’ve had so many signs of your presence. I am so grateful for that. I miss you sweetness. Love you too.
Mary Beth Nematz
I lost my baby Brother on June 17, 2016 at the age of 23 to a heroin overdose. My heart is broken and my life is forever changed. My thoughts and prayers go out to those addicted, the families of those addicted, and those who have suffered a lose. I have cried everyday for the last 39 days and I wouldn't wish this on anyone!!! I can only hope to learn how to help others who are struggling. RIP Kenny Boy, forever family, always in our hearts♥
You are my old mate, always will be. Thinking of you daily. You’ll never be far.
All my love and kisses forever.
In loving memory of my beloved brother, Norman F., who was only 36 years old. He fought the 'addiction demon' with all he had but lost the battle on 10-14-16. I want people to remember him for who he was and not what the horrid disease turned him onto. We miss him terribly and struggle everyday without him yet we keep holding on to the wonderful memories we have and the hope that he is finally at peace and free. I will love you always and miss you forever Norm!!!
My brother Jordan fought a battle I can't even comprehend. I was by his side through it all, our whole family was...
Hello I am a recovering heroin addict. I have lost so many friends and loved ones I couldn't even name them all. The most painful was my best friend Brandi. When I went into treatment in 2001 she worked at the treatment facility. We became friends in the rooms and stayed best friends for 6years she had 8.5yrs clean and relapsed. I never thought it would happen to her. I always thought she would get back here to recovery but she didn't make it. She left 3 children a husband and family. My heart aches for her children and family. She has been gone for 5 years and I miss her very much. I just lost 2 friends in 2 days. I don't know what can be done or even where to start. I know I have overdosed many times in the past but it's a different time now. I am so grateful everyday for life and recovery. I never want my daughter and mother to have the pain their families have to deal with. This is a disease and it is a daily struggle and sometimes a minute to minute struggle to stay clean. Please keep up the hard work in spreading awareness. Thank you.
Adam Joshua, 1977 - 2015, my little brother, heroin overdose. He had a great voice, he was a big teddy bear, he loved to eat and cook, he loved the Grateful Dead, he was a sweet uncle, and a pain in the ass, and i loved him.
Remembering our beautiful, smart, creative daughter Rachel Ben-Asher who lost her long battle with addiction on June 15, 2016, age 30.
Our hearts are forever broken, but we know you are no longer in pain. ❤️💔❤️💔
Parsippany, New Jersey
Rita & Richard Ben-Asher
To my big brother, Cory. You had so much potential, but this disease just got the better of you. I'm sorry for the fights we had. The years were rough for us all. You made it through that coma with only a 30% chance of survival. When you walked out of that hospital in March of 2007, we thought we had you back for good. Sadly, things only got worse. I can only hope you forgive me for all I had done. I forgive you wholeheartedly. I miss you..the loneliness is taking over terribly. I am doing my best to take care of mommy and daddy. It's not easy, but your strength is in me to help me through. I love you and miss you dearly. I hope you are free of pain now. We all love you more than you know.
Mommy, Daddy & casey
On March 4th 2011 my life changed for ever. I lost the one thing in my life no one could take from me. I lost my daughter Amanda Courington Paul. (ALABAMA) After 8 overdoses and I realize I was an enabler. I just could not stand to see my baby sick. I detoxed her, turned her in to police, wiped her tears all to try to save her life. The times I sat in the halls of the emergency room ALONE praying God would spare my daughter. Not this time God PLEASE I would say. Amanda went to Boot Camp graduated with her G.E.D. Was going to make a difference. Heroin was to strong. HEROIN WON. I miss you baby girl. You come to me in my dreams. I check on you through Mediums. You are happy. You found your place in Gods arms. I am very stingy though I miss you and took you the way you were God thought he could do better then me. I will see you one day, I have your children to remind me of you and many memories I just wish I could of saved you. Love, Mommy
I will never stop loving you and I will never stop fighting for you. Although the magnitude of my grief is unspeakable I do hope you have found peace. The world will never have another one like you, not only were you intelligent and caring you were full of unconditional love. Your smile, your humor and unending ability to make the world shine are just a few of the million things I will miss. You were always so much more than your disease and your memory will live on forever. I love you Jordan.
Shane Hendrickson 8/24/71-10/1/2014 we love and miss you greatly. You left a hole in your sons heart and a hole in our lives. I know you struggled everyday and tried a few times to let it go but sadly it won and we lost you. I remember your silliness and kind heart the good memories are the ones we focus on. Miss you always my best friend you are missed
Salt lake city, Utah USA
I lost my son 4/27/18. He was almost 11 months clean. For some reason I will never know why he used twice that day, the second time fatal. He did not know the second dose had enough fentanyl in it to kill 4 grown people. A loving father of a 7 year old son, working full time, and would help anyone who needed it. He took a piece of my heart with him that day. I miss him so much. One day at a time mom, he would tell me. One day at a time. Mike's mom forever 30.
Allen Michael Nix died of a drug overdose on 12/19/2012 He was my brother, and my best friend. Addiction is a horrible, disease, that will inevitably either end you in jail, or in the ground.
Can u tell me if any events for overdose awareness in long island new york
Long island new york
I lost my son Daniel Schultz to a heroin overdose on 11/17/2013, he was only 23 years young. He failed his sobriety of seven months and it killed him. I miss him so much everyday, it becomes unbearable at times. If I could just hug him one more time, or tell him how much I love him. He had a huge heart and contagious laugh that sounded like a little girl when he giggled, especially for a 6' 4" giant. He always gave me bear hugs that I will remember forever. He struggled for years with his disease of addiction, I hope you can rest in peace son and you will always be in my heart. Love Mom.
For my sister April Greenwell who is with the angels now.
My beautiful daughter lost her battle with Addiction and died yesterday morning from an overdose of Heroin at 32 years young.... I'm not mad, just very very sad a part of me also died yesterday.. I know the beautiful person you really were when you were sober and I know you didn't want to be that way, I feel helpless that you felt so alone and without hope... I will always love you and I'm just sorry I couldn't do enough to help you.....Your life did have purpose and you did mean something to a lot of people and now we're left with a hole in our hearts because we lost our beautiful Leighann...Just know that the devil is on this earth and his name is Heroin...It's ok my angel....daddy will see you again. RIP baby girl Leighann Holton 9/27/82 - 10/29/14
Sean, at 21 you should be here with us. I love you, we all love you. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. You are my son no matter what and I will always wish you were home playing games and watching movies with us.
Sheena Moore 31... loving mom , daughter and sister ., lost her on 6/9/16 to a fentanyl overdose after years of sobriety .. Sheena would not want us to cry: she would want us to fight
Cuyahoga falls Ohio USA
My son, Chance died on August 30,2009 of a heroin overdose. There isn't a day that goes by, I don't think of him. I wish we could save all the young people from this tragic and senseless death. I know if he had the choice, he would still want to be here. I keep his memory alive by trying to help other addicts. Chance, you are my Light, my Joy, my Heart. Love, Mom
My number one son, my Ryan, my boy who looked like me and could see right through me.
For Sonia Nicole or "Nikki" the best friend I ever had my whole life, some one I wanted to know until old age. Gifted artist, brilliant mind and loving spirit. May you fly free from all your worries and troubles now and forever. Ended her battle with Heroin 2 days after her 30th birthday on June 30th. May no one suffer as you have suffered, I miss you and wish I could have prevented everything.
My beautiful big brother, how i miss you so. I will fight everyday for you and continue to share your story in hopes to help others. I miss you every second of everyday and i will never be the same! We miss you J.A.C
I love you my funny, fussy, handsome, clever, awkward, helpful, annoying, caring, son and I miss you so much.
You weren't the only one who died, my life ended that day too.
It hurts . . . . . . .
My beautiful daughter, Melissa Trotter, of New Britain, CT, left this world on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, of cardiac arrest due to an accidental overdose (alcohol, hydroxyzine, heroin & fentanyl). She suffered from substance abuse disorder. Melissa fought hard over 15.5 years to beat her health problems, & had success for a few years during that 15.5 year period.
Melissa had a beautiful heart and loved dancing, laughing, her pet bunny, and the beach; She helped many of her friends through their life problems. She was a smart young woman, had only 1 semester to go for her BA in Psychology, had a great sense of humor, and was always there to help her friends through their problems. She cared very deeply for those she loved.
I called her Melissa Leigh the Honey Bee ... The name Melissa means Honey Bee. She taught me alot about being kinder, and not taking things quite so seriously. She was my Mini-Me<3.
I miss you so much, Baby. I know you're at peace & joyous & free on the Other Side. Thank you for your visits & words of encouragement. This world was never meant for one as Beautiful as You. Until we meet again, I LOVE YOU LISSY. Always & Forever, Mom
My handsome wonderful nephew David (Davey Jones)left us on February 4th 2015. He was 21. He was so extremely smart and talented. He could draw and write! He even wrote poems about addiction, they were very dark. I cherish the time that we had together. Such a waste of a great person with unlimited potential. He was so kind,always wanted to help people. I miss him so much and think of him everyday! My David I am so sorry that I wasn't able to save you!! My life will never be the same as well as the rest of your family. We miss you so much and love you with all our hearts!! You know I love you more my David. Forever Young smooches
My big brother Christopher. We battled addiction together. I hate that my memories of you are tainted by use, but I'll take what i can get. I talk about you all the time to Oran, he's 6 now and if you heard his emotion and words when he talks about you, you would think that he knew you as long as i did. He sure looks like his uncle. I always tell him you would have been the best uncle possible. I know he knows its true too. He cries real tears of pain for someone that left this earth 9 months before he was born. It makes me so sad but so happy at the same time. You were truly one of a kind. Rest in peace C Gos... the best big brother to ever be. Christopher Damian G. 06/16/1984 - 03/27/2011 . It never gets easier. 7 years but it still feels like we just lost you. Love you bro. Cheers.
My little brother Matthew was a great man he died so young but with so many people that he touched he had more experiences then someone who is twice his age default for two years with this addiction and one constantly but in the end it was the graveyard or the Juilliard and it really pains me that the first one was chosen for him but he donated his organs my family and myself new that his love and strength could help another person and their families I am so very proud of him Gunner his dog misses him so much every single night he walks up those years and not just Matthews tour it is bittersweet the New Jersey sharing network was wonderful me and my family were there to the end the color he turned was a hard hard site and if Crayola ever made a color like that there would be no Crayola company ever again it took me a long time to understand and realize that this is not just an addiction is a disease and anybody who judges do not deserve to know the person who went through this the family who love them the person who went through this and it's love him or her so in the end love conquers all and his love for life and other people's lives shaved head people I got twenty three years with him that is more than most people get I love you Matthew trengrove mommy daddy AJ Gunner Chicco Mia Kenny Dante DG Misty girl Houdini those are all the pets please share if anyone needs to to talk or needs help please contact me email@example.com big guns misses you and loves you and is so very proud of you love you xoxoxoxo
In loving memory to my son Shawn Witter January 29, 1990 - May 11, 2017. I miss you so much my boy my heart aches. The herion devil took my son away. God bless us all.
Rest peacefully chris.xoxo
My little brother Anthony passed away from this demon 8-9-15 the worst day of our lives! We love and miss him so much !! Rest in peace little brother. I'm going to try to help others fight this in memory of you !! Until I see you again love you, always.
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