- July 9, 2018
- Posted by: Chris McDonnell
- Category: ENEWS
Posted on behalf of John Ryan at Penington Institute
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is fast approaching and we would like to encourage you to hold a registered event or activity on (or close to) 31 August this year.
The purpose of IOAD is to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. It is also an opportunity to stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.
Every event or activity makes a difference, not only in raising awareness about overdose but also helping to bring about change. As you may know, individuals and organisations have held memorial services, events featuring speakers with lived experience, protests and communications campaigns as well as naloxone (Narcan) education and training sessions.
The IOAD website features helpful event tips and event tools including an event organiser support kit. You are also welcome to use any of the 2018 campaign resources which include educational posters, fact sheets, infographics and much more.
If you are keen to hold an event or activity please register it here.
The more people and organisations that get involved the more we can achieve together, so please share this email with anyone you think may be interested.