Your opportunity to hold a 2018 International Overdose Awareness Day event or activity

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.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please email or you can contact me directly


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.

John Ryan
Penington Institute