International Overdose Awareness Day, held on 31st August every year, is an important, global event that is particularly popular in the calendar of people who use drugs and other harm reductionists around the world.

IOAD 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.

IOAD 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 and as such, the day also provides an opportunity for friends and family groups to get more involved in this cause, with many running events themselves.

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

The colour is silver and the logo is a silver ribbon. Click here for the Overdose Awareness Day website full of resources you can utilise for your own event. They can send you silver badges and there is an overdose awareness app for your phone, amongst many other things.

Be sure to check what your local and national drug user union is doing for August 31st this year and find out how you can help support the cause. Also, check out INPUD for their information and additional posters to use.