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International Overdose Awareness Day 31st August 2021


This International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) we are collaborating with the Department of Health, UISCE, The Union of Students in Ireland and See Change Ireland to host an online event focusing on peoples experience of overdose and the impact of stigma on healthcare outcomes. 

As part of the 2021 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. 

Share your IOAD message in your community, local coffee shops, your health service or home window.

Upload your speech bubble to social media with the hashtag #EndOverdoseIRL 

As well as this, we will launch a new review of drug-related death data in Ireland for the period of 2008 - 2017. The report will be part of a new series of reviews which will offer new insight on emerging trends of concern and recommended actions.



Download IOAD speech bubble poster

Download our speech bubble posters: purple poster I orange poster I teal poster 

New HSE review of drug-related deaths in Ireland (2008- 2017)

Download this review here

Download the report infographic here

IOAD Resources 

Read article 'Individuals empowered on Overdose Awareness Day' here

Read article 'Limerick Social Inclusion GP making a difference every day' here

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