International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Show Your Support
Symbols of International Overdose Day include the silver badge, the purple wristband, and purple lanyard. Together, they raise awareness of the detrimental effects overdoses have on those who suffer them, as well the people closest to them. Wearing these symbols is a demonstration of support for all who have experienced such loss. They are also a reminder that every life is precious and holds meaning and value.