This August 31st, thousands across the world will join together for International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose is preventable. It is also a time to remember family and friends who have passed away as a result of an overdose. This year’s event is shaping up to be the largest yet, with events already organized in 5 countries.
If you would like to get involved, there are several ways you can do so:
- Attend an Event. There are already 45 events scheduled for this year’s action, including many across the United States. A full list of confirmed events can be found here (our CSU Long Beach chapter is hosting an event).
- Host an Event. If your chapter would like to host an event on campus, start organizing one now. Events can celebrate, commemorate, educate, or do all three. For a list of possible event ideas and some tips, check out this page. Once you have an idea of what you will be doing, be sure to also register your event.
- Contribute on Social Media. Tweet and share the hashtag #OD15 to help build momentum for the day. Also be sure to follow @overdoseday on Twitter, and if you do attend or host an event, share some photos on Facebook or Instagram.
- Post a Tribute. If you would like to post a public tribute and commemorate someone you know who has been affected by overdose, you can submit one here.
- Wear a Silver Badge. Wearing the official silver badge of the campaign communicates your support for International Overdose Awareness Day. You can purchase a silver badge to wear here.
If you have any questions about getting involved, or want to discuss organizing an event on your campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you are already in a SSDP chapter, contact your outreach coordinator.