August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

The campaign was initiated in 2001 in Australia, and has grown over the years, as community members, organizations and government agencies world-wide have held events raise awareness and commemorate lives lost to overdoses.

According to the website

The campaign raises awareness of overdose, which is one of the world’s worst public health crises, and stimulates action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.

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