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International Overdose Awareness Day 2023

Wednesday, 16 August 2023

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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on 31 August 2023 is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died from overdose, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. 

The 2023 IOAD theme “recognizing those people who go unseen” is about honouring the people whose lives have been altered by overdose. They are the family and friends grieving the loss of a loved one; workers in healthcare and support services extending strength and compassion; or spontaneous first responders who selflessly assume the role of lifesaver.

Barwon Health would like to say to these people: #weseeyou. Theirs are the voices we should amplify, and their strength and experience should be held up as examples to us all. Too often, however, they are left to bear the burden of this crisis alone and in silence.

For more information on overdose or to access free Naloxone call 1800 196 850 or click here to learn more about Barwon Health’s Harm Reduction Service.