August 31, 2022 is International Overdose Day


International Overdose Awareness Day Events Are Hosted Across Country and World .Find Events Near Your of Plan Your Own!

International Overdose Awareness Day was initiated in 2001 by Sally J Finn at The Salvation Army in St Kilda, Melbourne. Since 2001, many community members as well as government and non-government organisations have held events to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose.

Since 2012, International Overdose Awareness Day has been coordinated by the not-for-profit Australian public health organisation Penington Institute.

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

The campaign raises awareness of overdose, which is one of the world’s worst public health crises, and stimulates action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.

The campaign acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable.

The goals of International Overdose Awareness Day are:

  • To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones in a safe environment, some for the first time without feeling guilt or shame.

  • To include the greatest number of people in International Overdose Awareness Day events, and encourage non-denominational involvement.

  • To give community members information about the issue of fatal and non-fatal overdose.

  • To send a strong message to current and former people who use drugs that they are valued.

  • To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

  • To provide basic information on the range of support services that are available.

  • To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.

  • To inform people around the world about the risk of overdose.

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Guide: Helping a Loved One

If you suspect your loved one is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, you can play a central role in getting them the help they need.


Guide: Starting the Conversation

When a loved one is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, it is important to know how to support them and what to say.

Resources for Families Coping with Mental Health Video

The Family Drama video encourage families to talk directly with their loved ones about concerns over substance use.

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The Can We Talk? video shows how you can start a conversation about mental illness with your loved one with these three simple words: “Can we talk?”

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“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that requires more than one strategy or tactic. It’s going to take a comprehensive approach that employs multiple strategies to create population-level reductions to this problem,” notes General Arthur Dean, the Chairman and CEO of CADCA. 

CADCA’s Online PreventMedAbuse Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse in your community. This toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change. Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies. Additional resources are available thru our partner, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and their Stop Medicine Abuse website.

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  • Prevention Strategies: See the Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change in action.

  • Facts & Tools: Review the latest facts on this drug abuse challenge. Discover how to conduct an Rx abuse community assessment. Check out the Sample Logic Model. See how this information gets translated into Sample Intervention Maps.

  • Other Resources: Learn about information and tools that can make your programs and interventions successful, including share tools that you can place on your website, Facebook or e-mail signature blocks.

  • Success Stories: View Rx prevention at work. Check out the video presentations from CADCA coalitions nationwide that are experiencing Rx medication prevention success.

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