International Overdose Awareness Day 2021: Event Crowdsource

By Lillie Armstrong August 30, 2021

Please join NASTAD Drug User Health in sharing and participating in the events below in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Despite our continued distance, many of the remembrances below will be accessible virtually. Please contact DrugUserHealthTA@nastad.org with any questions or additions.

Alaska:

International Overdose Awareness Day Community Event in Homer, AK:

The Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is holding an event on Aug. 31 from 6-8pm at 1061 East End Rd, Homer, AK. Please view the flyer here.

California:

Virtual Vigil:

MCAVHN Care & Prevention Network will be hosting a virtual vigil for those we have lost to overdose.  The event will take place on August 31, 2021 from 4pm - 6pm PST.  Click here to view the flyer and Zoom information.

Hawai’i:

#EndOverdose HI: Harm Reduction in the Pacific, documentary airing August 30 and September 5, 9:30-10pm HST.  KHON Channel 2

IOAD Hawai'i Memorial Board, ongoing, virtual

#EndOverdoseHI Social Media Campaign, virtual

Maryland:

International Overdose Awareness Day: Recovery & Remembrance- Journeys of Healing

Tuesday, August 31, 2021- 6-8:30pm

St. John’s Church

9120 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042

Click here to view the flyer.

Free Vaccine Clinic

Tuesday, August 31, 2021- 5-7:30pm

St. John’s Church

9120 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042

Flyer in English | Flyer in Spanish

Montana:

IOAD event in Missoula, MT 

Open Aid Alliance are lighting the Missoula County Courthouse and Main Hall at the University of Montana purple. At each location they will be offering: 

  • Overdose Response Trainings 
  • Free Narcan  
  • Other community resources 
  • Opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones lost due to drug overdose 

New York:

Overdose Awareness Day: New York State:

The New York State Department of Health will host the first annual state-lead opioid Overdose Awareness Day. This day will honor and reflect of the people who have died of overdose and celebrate people who dedicate themselves to harm reduction and saving lives. Register Here.

Trail of Truth for International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

7 Court Street, Binghamton NY 13901, 8/21/21

2-4 pm Memorial Cemetery, activities, overdose reversal training and organizations tabling

4 pm Speakers and performances, rally

5 pm Memorial March to Government Plaza

6 PM Live performance art in front of Governmental Plaza

Rain date 8/22/21. Attendees and audience asked to wear black. To have loved ones memorialized in the walk fill out two forms

Memorializing your loved one and drug death data (google.com)

Memorial Map - TruthPharm.org

North Carolina:

International Overdose Awareness Day in Greenville NC: The Art Neighborhood joins with ekiM for Change and ECU Collegiate Recovery Community to take time to reflect and discover our best selves. During the open reception you can create artwork to be added to the sculpture. The Art Neighborhood is an Assemblage Sculpture by Lisa Ludwig, that brings people together to participate in adding to the sculpture with custom self-portrait figures while considering how to be active in our communities.

The Art Neighborhood at ECU, Greenville, NC Reception: Tuesday August 31, 2021, 5- 7pm; Health Science Student Center, Grand Room 202. Any questions about the event please feel free to contact: Diannee Carden dcarden@aol.com

Urban Survivors Union: Overdose Awareness Day 2021: “Beyond Naloxone”

In response to EVERY LIFE LOST to Overdose, NCSU is holding 2 evenings of OAD21 events.
One to honor, remember and celebrate every single life lost to overdose and the senseless drug war. More information on the event can be accessed here. All events will be livestreamed from social media.

An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration, National and Local Harm Reduction and Faith Leaders

To kick off our two-evening event, faith leaders from Faith in Harm Reduction and associated faith networks will lead a spiritual ceremony in collaboration with Truth Pharm. Many of those we lost during the pandemic never had a ceremony. Consequently, we will take this opportunity to honor lives lost through the calling of names, the creation of various types of memorials and a lantern release. Many of us speak from personal experience, knowing how crucial ritual and ceremony are in coping with loss and trauma. Our community needs this opportunity to mourn.
Monday, August 30, 7-9pm

College Park Baptist Church, 1601 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403 (Event will also be livestreamed)

Beyond Naloxone, Mobilizing to End Overdose

Evening two festivities, we will call on leaders from around the country to move “Beyond Naloxone.” NCSU will host public health and harm reduction experts discussing drug checking, overdose prevention sites, methadone reform drug decriminalization/legalization. Notable in-person and virtual attendees, respectively, will include celebrated author and harm reductionist Maia Szalavitz conducting a book signing and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance Kassandra Frederique speaking about drug policy. In addition, the event will have live music from Hunter McBride and food for attendees to enjoy, a visual representation of lives lost and more. At the end of the event, we will conduct a naming ceremony with Nan Goldin for the FTIR device, including a live drug checking demonstration followed by releasing of the paper lanterns.

National Overdose Awareness Day: Tuesday, August 31, 5-8pm

College Park Baptist Church, 1601 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403 (Event will also be livestreamed)

Ohio:

Greater Cincinnati Overdose Awareness Day Rally

A day of remembrance and education. August 29, 11am to 1pm on Fountain Square, 500 W. Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Awareness Day Event in Butler County, Ohio

When: August 31, 2021 6:30-8:30 PM

Where:

  • The Fringe Coffee House: 918 High Street Hamilton, OH 45011
  • Sojourner Recovery Services: 515 Dayton St. Hamilton, OH 45011

Details: In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Butler County will RAP (A day of Remembrance, Awareness, and Prevention.) Guests will hear from speakers and will be trained in administering Narcan. The evening will end by lighting candles as a symbol of safety for loved ones battling addiction and releasing lanterns in honor of those we have lost.

Awareness Day Event in Licking County, Ohio

When: August 31, 2021

Where: Guests can find the various locations by visiting this event map.

Details: Licking County Project DAWN sites will host Awareness Day events in various locations to raise public awareness of the overdose epidemic and Substance Use Disorder (SUD), reduce the stigma of drug-related fatalities, remember the lives lost to the epidemic, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Community members will also be encouraged to show community support on Overdose Awareness Day by wearing purple and/or taking the SAFE Project’s No Shame Pledge and posting photos on the Facebook Event Page

Awareness Day Event in Pike County, Ohio

When: August 31, 2021 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Canal Park (Waverly): 201 West North Street Waverly, Ohio 45690

Details: "An Evening of Hope and Healing" | At this free community event, community members will hear from guest speakers who will share their personal experiences of loss of a loved one from drug overdoses including those who have survived an overdose. Local organizations and agencies will be available for anyone who would like more information or support in their journey to sobriety. Various resources will also be available.

Awareness Day Event in Union County, Ohio

When: August 31, 2021 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Where: Memorial Health Pavilion: 125 East 6th Street Marysville, Ohio 43040

Details: In partnership with Wings Recovery, the Union County Health Department will host an Overdose Awareness Day event. Free Narcan and training available, food trucks, craft table, and more! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021, 3 pm-7 pm, Franklin County Forensic Science Center, 2090 Frank Road, Columbus, Ohio 43233

International Overdose Awareness Day (Virtual event)

August 25, 2021 at 9 AM EDT. Event hosted by Thrive Peer Support and Project White Butterfly

https://m.facebook.com/events/s/international-overdose-awarene/346932400474813/

Overdose Awareness Day  

August 31st, 2021, 4-7 PM. Parking lot at Your Father’s Kitchen, 180 East Main Street, Wilmington OH 45177

Overdose Awareness Day Community Resource Fair

Sponsored by BrightView. August 30th, 2 –4 PM, 1100 Hospital Drive, Batavia OH 45103

Overdose Awareness Day Community Resource Fair

Sponsored by BrightView. August 31th, 2 –4 PM, 421 Home Street, Georgetown Ohio, 45121

Overdose Awareness Day Community Resource Fair

Sponsored by BrightView. August 31th, 3 –5 PM, 485 E. Main Street, Wilmington, OH 45177

7th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day Rally

Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 5PM. Canal Market District, 25 E. Canal St, Newark OH 43055

https://m.facebook.com/events/s/7th-annual-international-overd/928589564649056/

South Carolina:

"Jessica's Walk for Overdose Awareness"

Date: August 27 at 6:30pm

Location: 23 N. Main St, Greenville, S.C.29601 (Downtown Greenville)

Registration Link: https://fb.me/e/1x1YVVkOA

Tennessee:

Syringe Services Programs, Harm Reduction, & Overdose Prevention In Tennessee: A Panel Discussion

Join End the Syndemic Tennessee and a dynamic panel those working on the frontlines at Syringe Services Programs (SSP) across the state to discuss the role of SSPs and harm reduction in preventing overdose in Tennessee. Panelists will dive into real stories about the impact of these programs for individuals and communities. View the flyer here.

Date: Monday, August 30, 2021

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm central

Link to Register: https://tn.webex.com/tn/j.php?RGID=r1e8e8bcca439fc760906d1d4939eb8ad

IOAD Glow Vigil

Please join us as we honor the memories of the loved ones lost to overdose and acknowledge that overdose death does not discriminate. Opioid Overdose Reversal will be available and without cost to all in attendance.

Date: August 26, 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Dekalb Courthouse Lawn, South Public Square, Smithville, TN 37166

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

International Overdose Awareness Balloon Release and Narcan Training

A time to remember the lives lost to overdose with a balloon release. Opioid Overdose Reversal Training will be available to all in attendance.

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Macon Community Hospital Entrance, 305 W. Locust St, Lafayette, TN 37083

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Hopefest Fentress County

Recovery resources, information, time of remembrance, opioid overdose reversal training.

Date: August 28, 2021

Time: 11:00am

Location: 326 White Oak Road, Jamestown, TN 38556

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

STARS Collaborative Effort

This event will bring our community and our community partners together. We will shed light on the ongoing epidemic of Substance Use Disorder and co-occurring conditions. This event will look to provide valuable information and resources for all groups. Our aim through this coordinated event is to be a firm, supportive starting point for recovery; whether it is their first time, or seventh.

Date: August 28, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Location: 1704 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN

Event Contact: kherring@starsnashvile.org

Community Candlelight Vigil

Partnering with the Parks & Recreation Dept with the City of Jackson to share names of lost loved ones to overdose, discuss overdose statistics locally and state and nationally and talk about risk factors and harm reduction efforts to raise awareness for those at high risk.

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Unity Park – across from Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, TN

Event Contact: Sarah@jmprevent.org
Festival of Compassion

Have a hot meal served to you while enjoying an afternoon of no-strings attached opportunities for growth while stocking up on hygiene, food, and other necessity items. Narcan Training is free and open to all.

Date: September 4, 2021

Time: 1:00pm

Location: 255 Kacie Ave, Cookeville, TN

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Opioid Reversal Training

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training presented by Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists

Date: September 1, 2021

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 2954 US 70N, Crossville, TN 38555

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Opioid Reversal Training

Recovery picnic and Opioid Overdose Reversal Training and a time of remembrance for those we lost.

Date: August 28, 2021

Time: 12:00pm

Location: 120 Elmore Town Road, Baxter, TN 38544

Event Contact: suzanneangel@icloud.com

Opioid Reversal Training

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training presented by Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists

Date: August 21, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Location: 5 West Maple St, Sparta, TN 38583

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Opioid Reversal Training

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training presented by Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Tennessee State Fair, Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil and Naloxone Training

Community event to remember lives lost to overdose and learn how to recognize and respond to an Opioid Overdose.

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Cumberland County Courthouse Lawn, 2 N. Main Street, Crossville, TN 38555

Event Contact: sangel.rops3n@gmail.com

Live Free Overdose Remembrance

Vigil, Testimonials, balloon release

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 1216 Cedar Fork Road, Tazewell, TN 37879

Event Contact: Smstone4444@gmail.com

Memphis’ Overdose Awareness Day

Music and remembrance, bell ringing at 7 pm

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Hope Church, 8500 walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018

Event Contact: lisa@abetorway.org

International Overdose Awareness Day Event

Community Partners in the substance misuse and recovery community will have information booths set up. The “Stashed Away” trailer from the TN National Guard Counter Drug Task Force will be set up from 5:30-7:30. Our main speaker, Tommy Farmer with TBI Dangerous Drug Task Force, will speak on Overdose Trends at 6:00, followed by a Q&A at 6:30. Narcan training will be from 7:30-8:00. The night will end with a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to overdose.

Date: August 30, 2021

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Monroe County Rescue Squad Station 1, 5166 New Hwy 68, Madisonville, TN 37354

Event Contact: gabbie.mchc@gmail.com

Grundy International Overdose Awareness Day Event

Join G.R.A.C.E. and Grundy Safe Communities Coalition at ROCK CREEK PHARMACY at 7 pm on August 31, 2021.

Come hear from Mayor Michael Brady and our surprise Guest Speakers talk about Overdose Awareness and remembrance of our loved ones lost to overdose. The event will include a Candlelight Service in remembrance of our Loved Ones Lost to Overdose, a MEMORIAL WALL with pictures of loved ones Lost to Overdose, and music. Food available for purchase by SAM’S CORNER BBQ

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Rock Creek Pharmacy and Florist, 9971 SR 56, Coalmont, TN, United States, Tennessee

Event Contact: grundyrecoveryalliance@gmail.com

Opioid Overdose Reversal (Naloxone) Training

Get ready for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) by equipping yourself with the knowledge on how to respond in the event of an opioid overdose. This presentation will show you the signs to recognize, how to respond with the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and some of the brain science behind why people develop a substance use disorder. Presenter Andrea Hancock serves as a Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist in the Nashville area working under a program funded by TDMHSAS. Register for this virtual training by emailing ahancock@starsnashville.org. Naloxone is a key tool in reversing the rising tide of overdose and resulting deaths. Naloxone is the only antidote to reverse an opioid overdose, and it’s never been easier to use. This training is perfect for people at risk of opioid overdose, family and friends of those who are at risk of opioid overdose, and anyone interested in learning how they can save a life by reversing an overdose. Learn more about the ROPS program at this link: www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/ROPS

Date: August 26, 2021

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Virtual. Contact ahancock@starsnashville.org to register

Event Contact: ahancock@starsnashville.org

Opioid Overdose Reversal (Naloxone) Training

This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Please register using the link on Eventbrite. Presenters Dustin Ritchie and Matt Brown serve as Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists in southern middle Tennessee working under a program funded by TDMHSAS. Get ready for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) by equipping yourself with the knowledge on how to respond in the event of an opioid overdose. This presentation will show you the signs to recognize, how to respond with the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and some of the brain science behind why people develop a substance use disorder.

Naloxone is a key tool in reversing the rising tide of overdose and resulting deaths. Naloxone is the only antidote to reverse an opioid overdose, and it’s never been easier to use. This training is perfect for people at risk of opioid overdose, family and friends of those who are at risk of opioid overdose, and anyone interested in learning how they can save a life by reversing an overdose.

Learn more about the ROPS program at this link: www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/ROPS

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Location: Virtual. Contact dustin.ritchie@fcstn.net  to register

Event Contact: dustin.ritchie@fcstn.net

Utah:

Utah Naloxone: IOAD Virtual Trainings

Utah Naloxone is hosting two virtual trainings in honor of IOAD on 8/20 and 8/31 – attendees receive a free t-shirt, stickers, and a naloxone rescue kit. Please view the event here, and view the flyer here.

Washington:

Please click this link to view all events held in Washington: Washington DOH IOAD Events. Please note that this list is being updated as we receive word about other events. These are all free events and are open to anyone who would like to attend. If you would like more information about an event in your area, please email naloxoneprogram@doh.wa.gov.

Canada:

Moms Stop The Harm Makes a Difference on International Overdose Awareness Day/Virtual Event

Hosted by Momstoptheharm.com

Livestream Candlelight Vigil, Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:30 PM PDT

https://www.momstoptheharm.com

Links to International and Other National Events:

Events 2021 - International Overdose Awareness Day (overdoseday.com)