International Overdose Awareness Day: 31 August

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died from overdose, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. 

That’s a wrap for #IOAD2023 – thank you to the global community that made this year’s IOAD bigger than ever.  

The IOAD 2023 theme “Recognizing those people who go unseen” is about acknowledging people in our communities who are affected by overdose but might go unseen in the crisis. Learn more about the 2023 campaign here.

Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Get involved

Host or attend an International Overdose Awareness Day event. Events are a powerful way to remember those lost to overdose, learn more about overdose, or advocate for change.

Get resources

Download our campaign, advocacy and education resources and share messages about overdose and overdose prevention in your community or workplace today.

Remember a lost loved one

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


Make a donation to International Overdose Awareness Day and help us raise greater awareness of overdose and spread the message that overdose is preventable.

Tributes to lost loved ones