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 in Colorado.
Recovery Cards Want 250 free, beautifully designed recovery cards and a card display for your event? Artists in Colorado and across the nation created these cards to celebrate recovery, the efforts of those working to achieve it, and the people who support and encourage them every day. Colorado residents can send free physical cards and anyone can send a digital card. The Recovery Cards Project was created by Lift the Label, Colorado’s anti-stigma opioid campaign.
International Overdose Awareness Day Resources Many resources are available on the International Overdose Awareness Day website to help plan your event, including: Event Support Kit, Social Media Kit, Ideas Bank, Digital Campaign & Event Guide, Posters, Social Media Tiles, and so much more!
City or County Proclamation Request Download this template with sample language to request a proclamation from your local city or county officials recognizing Overdose Awareness Day.
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.
Press Release Template Send a press release to the media to announce your overdose awareness event with this editable template.
Data and Fact Sheets
Colorado Drug Overdose Dashboard Get information on fatal and non-fatal drug overdose events in our state and the most current data on the number of benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed.
National Overdose Data The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects information on deaths involving the most used drugs available through 2020 on their CDC Wonder searchable database.
Overdose PowerPoint Graphs These downloadable PowerPoint graphs from the CDC can help visualize data on overdose deaths that occurred between 1999 and 2000.
Opioid Crisis Stats The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shares statistics and facts about the opioid epidemic