International Overdose Awareness Day
29 August 201231 August marks International Overdose Awareness Day. First started by the Australian Salvation Army in 2001, the day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, especially for those mourning the loss of family and friends.
In the UK, over 100 people die from a drug overdose every month and many of these deaths can be prevented. WDP has created a special poster in conjunction with Overdose Awareness Day to warn people of the signs of an overdose and what to do if somebody that you are with has overdosed. We will be displaying the poster across all our services to help raise awareness and educate service users about the risks and prevention of overdose.
Useful resources about overdose:
- Download the WDP Overdose Awareness Day poster here
- Read about Overdose Awareness Day on the official website
- Keep track of international Overdose Awareness Day activities on Twitter
- You can download posters/leaflets about overdose at Harm Reduction Works
- Download the Lifeline booklet about overdose prevention, accessible to those with lower levels of literacy
- Download the 'Overdose Response' app, with interactive audio and visual advice to help reduce the risk of an overdose
- Read scientific research published about the risks and prevention of drug overdose