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Overdose can affect anyone

Time to remember loved ones and end overdose

Local communities in and around the world are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.

Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use.

Did you know in 2018, there were 747 IOAD events of all kinds, held in 38 countries? People and communities came together to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s most recent World Annual Drug Report, 585,000 people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2017.

Below are events occurring in the Mountain Plains ATTC region in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day. Please click your state to these access these events. We hope this information is helpful and individuals will be able to attend any or all events happening in your state.

A full list of the IOAD 2019 events currently planned around the world can be found at:

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International Overdose Awareness Day is convened by Penington Institute, an Australian not-for-profit.

“Overdose can affect anybody and one of the messages of this day is that the people who overdose are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – they are loved and they are missed.”

Someone's daughter
someone's best friend
someone's mother
someone's love
someone's hero
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