International Overdose Awareness Day

Aug 31, 2017

Aim and purpose

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Raising awareness, wear silver

IOAD spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

Overdoes facts

It is estimated that globally there were 187,100 (range: 98,300 – 231,400) drug-related deaths (mostly overdoses) in 2013 with opioid overdose the largest category.

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record. Deaths from drug overdose are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages.