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aot 15, 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day: How to get Involved

ssdp intl - SSDP - Article International Overdose Awareness Day: How to get Involved
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. Every year SSDPers worldwide get involved with the campaign, here are some tips on how to take act

What is Overdose?

Overdose is when too much of a drug or a combination of drugs is taken and the body cannot handle it. The symptoms and results of an overdose vary depending on the drug. Here are some overdose fact sheets for various types of drugs:





Crystal Methamphetamine

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

How to be part of Overdose Awareness Day?

Run an Event

The entire campaign is centred around Ending Overdose, so running an event that would contribute to that is one of the best ways to be part of the campaign. The folks over at the Pennington Institute have developed some incredible resources to help you plan and execute an event, including The Event Support Kit, The Social Media Kit, and The Ideas Bank, amongst other resources you can find here

Once you plan your event, be sure to register it here. 

Post a Tribute

One of the goals of the campaign is to allow space for public mourning of those who have died or have been severely injured by overdose. If you would like to commemorate someone, please post a tribute to the official Overdose Awareness Day website. 

Spread the World Online

Naturally, raising awareness regarding overdose, how to identify it and what to do, is a key part of the campaign. Follow @OverdoseDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and share the campaign resources using the #EndOverdose hashtag. Use The Social Media Kit and The Digital Campaign Guide to support your efforts. 


Global Day of Action International Overdose Awareness Day Action Opportunity Harm Reduction Campaign
ssdp intl - SSDP - Author Róisín Downes
Written by Róisín Downes