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 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.
The campaign acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose.
International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable.
The goals of International Overdose Awareness Day are:
- To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones in a safe environment, some for the first time without feeling guilt or shame.
- To include the greatest number of people in International Overdose Awareness Day events, and encourage non-denominational involvement.
- To give community members information about the issue of fatal and non-fatal overdose.
- To send a strong message to current and former people who use drugs that they are valued.
- To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.
- To provide basic information on the range of support services that are available.
- To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.
- To inform people around the world about the risk of overdose.
Checkout these International Overdose Awareness Day events happening in Nevada:
- Northern Nevada HOPES’ Overdose Awareness Panel Discussion – August 31, 2021 @ 10:00 – 11:00 am
- Las Vegas – August 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chuck Minker Sports Complex
275 N Mojave Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Washoe County – September 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Downtown City Plaza
10 N Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501
Checkout these highlighted resources for Nevada behavioral health providers:
- Nevada State Opioid Response
The Purpose of the Nevada Opioid STR Initiative is to address the tremendous opioid crisis by expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery services for Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) in Nevada. Find resources such as: Virtual Dispensary, Naloxone Finder, Prescriber Resources, Recovery Support, Mobile Recovery & Warm Line, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services.
- Behavioral Health NV
A website database of behavioral health providers specializing in substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorder treatment services. All agencies listed are Certified by the Division, SAPTA (Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency).
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
A toolkit from SAMHSA that offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.
- Resources with Information About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
A compilation of evidence-based resources with Information About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).