International Overdose Awareness Day Event and Campaign Resources 

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

Check out these resources and ideas for hosting your own Overdose Awareness Day event.


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IOAD Campaign Resources


Pay Tribute with Art – Invite community members to create awareness through chalk art, posters, murals or other art projects.

Host a Virtual Event – Host a virtual event on an online platform to gather speakers and tributes from around the state.

Light Up the Night – Purple is the color to bring awareness to the tragedy of overdose. Reach out to your local community organizations to see if you can light up spaces in purple to recognize the day. Use this letter template to make the request.

Provide a Sober Space – SOBER AF Entertainment can assist you with holding an event with sober spaces, such as tailgates to provide opportunities for social connection free from substances.

City or County Proclamation – Use this template to request a proclamation from your local city or county officials recognizing Overdose Awareness Day. Use this sample press release for outreach to the media.