International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma associated with drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or have suffered permanent injury as the result of a drug overdose.
In addition, IOAD serves as a resource for the public to help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. With so many countries combating the drug use and overdose epidemic, it is evident that events held to promote this cause bring about unity during a time when grieving individuals can feel alone in the world.
If you are from South Florida and would like to get involved in supporting tomorrow’s International Overdose Awareness Day, you can take part in the march and rally at Florida Atlantic University. Their goal: an end to the national public health emergency that currently claims thousands of lives each year in preventable drug overdoses. This is an event to recognize everyone who is affected by this issue and trying to do his or her part for the cause.
More Info Below if You Would Like to Attend FAU International Overdose Awareness Day March Pre-march preparations will begin at 3 pm on Friday, August 31, at Florida Atlantic University’s Research Park (3848 FAU Research Park #100). From there the march will kick off at 4 pm and will finish at 5 pm, at University Theater (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431).
Anticipated speakers include:
- A Florida State Congresswoman
- An NFL Hall-of-Famer in recovery
- A Medical Doctor who founded Florida’s only needle exchange
- A Nobel Prize-awarded addiction researcher
- An advocate within a recovery-supportive police department
- And a person in long-term recovery through non-narcotic pain management.
Get parking instructions and other logistics for the event.
The official color of support for IOAD is silver.
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The series of videos found in the link below includes stories of people who were affected by the impact of drug use and overdose.