August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held every year to raise awareness of overdoses, and reduce the stigma associated with addiction, overdoses, and overdose fatalities.

International Overdose Awareness Day originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2001 and has grown over the last two decades into a global campaign, spreading the important message worldwide that the tragedy of overdose deaths due to drugs and alcohol is preventable. It is well-known that addiction doesn’t discriminate and that people from all walks of life are impacted by addiction, alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health issues. Each year, thousands of people all over the world are lost to fatal overdoses, while many more suffer non-fatal ones. International Overdose Awareness Day attempts to bring awareness to this growing issue, helping communities recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose and the need to take precautions by having access to overdose-reversing medications like Naloxone and Narcan. In addition, on this day, more attention is brought to breaking the stigma of addiction by educating individuals about the disease and looking at addiction as a chronic health issue rather than a moral failing or character flaw.

Last year around the world over 500 events were held recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day. The national site to gather more information is

In Florida alone, many events were held throughout the state last year, and different Florida counties are planning activities for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2019. Events include candlelight vigils, evenings of observance, stories of hope, live music and activities, and recovery celebrations. To find more information in your local area, visit

Please contact Florida Center For Recovery, a 12-acre licensed addiction rehab facility, to find out about events scheduled at our facility that are geared to arsing awareness in our community.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or co-occurring mental health issues, please give us a call. Florida Center for Recovery offers one of the most comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment in the Southeastern area. Please give us a call at 800-851-3291 or email our team. For more information on all of our drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorder services and recovery resources, please visit our web site.