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International Overdose Awareness Day 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31st August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and to reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. This important day is about remembering those who have lost loved ones or suffered permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

It aims to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.



Overdose can affect anyone. Get the facts and reduce the harms 

Fact sheet: Alcohol overdose 

Fact sheet: Depressant overdose

Fact sheet: Stimulant overdose 

Fact sheet: Opioid overdose 

Poster: Suspect an overdose? Call for help.

Poster: Overdose can affaect anyone

Poster: Naloxone saves lives 

Irish events 2019 

A number of events will be held around the country to mark this day. Take a look at some of these events here.

The HSE, together with the Department of Health, will mark the day with Catherine Byrne T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drug Strategy.

This event will encompass the theme ‘Time to remember, time to act. Every life is worth saving’. Speakers on the day will include Dr Denis O'Driscoll, The Naloxone Project, Dr Eamon Keenan, HSE Clinical Lead for Addiction Services, Dr Phillip Dodd,  HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention Clinical Advisor and Roisin O'Donovan,The Union of Students in Ireland Vice President for Welfare.

Follow #EndOverdoseIRL on social media for updates.

Further information

International Overdose Awareness Day 

International Overdose Awareness day in Ireland 2018 

Naloxone Project 

Find a service in Ireland - The National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Services

Get harm reduction information 

Your mental 



Some people can feel depressed or suicidal after they take drugs. If you feel unwell or suicidal after using, call 112 and be honest with emergency services about what was taken.

For information and support on drugs and alcohol visit: or call the HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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