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International Overdose Awareness Day 31st August 2022

This International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) we are collaborating with the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Department of Health and Addiction & Advocacy Services, to host an online event on Wednesday the 31st of August, from 11:00 – 12:00, as part of the world’s annual campaign to raise awareness about overdose, those who have died and to acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. 

The campaign raises awareness of overdose and promotes action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention.

The theme for 2022 is Time to Remember. Time to Act. A panel of expert speakers will discuss this year’s sub themes of Overdose & Drug Use in the Female Population and Stimulant Overdose.

As part of the 2022 activities, we want to capture messages from people who use drugs, service providers, families and local communities. To do this, we ask people to download an IOAD speech bubble to share their personal message, experience or opinion on the topics of overdose and related stigma. Posters and badges have also been provided to services nationally, to enable awareness raising at a local level.

Share your IOAD message over social media, using the #EndOverdoseIRL, #IOAD2022 and #ReduceTheHarms and follow & tag @drugsdotie, @HSELive and @HSE_SI.


Download Presentations from the 2022 IOAD Webinar


Prof Eamon Keenan, HSE – Harm Reduction & Drug Monitoring in the Irish Context

Dr Sarah Morton, UCD - ‘Trauma and trouble’: how can we intervene earlier in women’s lives?

Paula Byrne, MQI – Overdose & Drug Use in the Female Population

Isabelle Giraudon, EMCCDA – Stimulant Use & Overdose – European Perspective

Dr Deirdre Mongan, HRB – Stimulant Use & Overdose – Irish Perspective


Download IOAD Speech Bubble Poster & Social Media Backgrounds


Download our speech bubble posters


Download social media backgrounds for your accounts



Irish Syringe Analysis Pilot Project 2022


Download this review here


Naloxone Administration by Addiction & Homeless Service Providers in Ireland:2018-2020 Drug Insight Report 2


Download this report here

Download the report infographic here

See further information on here


IOAD Resources


Learn about International Overdose Awareness Day here

Get overdose prevention resources here

Get information on the latest trends of concern here

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