2020 International Overdose Awareness Day Events

NASTAD has gathered a list of events that are being held across the country to commemorate 2020 International Overdose Awareness Day. If you are aware of an event not on this list, please email DrugUserHealthTA@nastad.org.


Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, Naloxone as Technology of Solidarity: The History of Overdose Prevention, August 31, 6-7pm PDT, virtual 

San Francisco AIDS Foundation, #SFAFOverdosePreventionMonth Social Media Campaign (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), virtual 


Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center, IOAD Overdose Prevention Training, August 31, 12-2pm HST, virtual 


Open Aid Alliance and Idaho Harm Reduction Project, Overdose Prevention and Response Training, August 31, 1:30-3pm MST, virtual  

Idaho Harm Reduction Project and Central District Health & Recovery United, Overdose Prevention and Response Training, August 31, 7-8:30pm MST, virtual (Zoom details follow) 

From the organizers: 

Each session will wrap-up with a moment of remembrance for those who have died from a drug overdose. To share a story about your loved one you are invited to record a tribute by calling or texting 406-213-5002. You can also text pictures of your loved one to the same number. Your tribute message will be posted on Open Aid Alliance’s website. Your message and a photo collage may also be shared during the virtual events on 8/31. Open to attendees within the intermountain west.  


Fayette County Harm Reduction Alliance, Candlelit Vigil and Lantern Release, August 31, 6:30pm EDT, Connersville, Roberts Park (2900 Park Road) 

From the organizers:  

Please bring pictures, personal stories, or an empty chair to represent loved ones. The vigil will also include an optional prayer circle. Following the vigil, attendees are welcome to come to the state park to release balloon lanterns with messages to our loved ones. For more information call Charm Gabbard at (765) 580-2307.  

Tippecanoe County Health Department, IOAD Naloxone Training and Remembrance, August 30, 3-5pm EDT, Lafayette, Columbian Park (Purple Shelter, closest to South Street) 

New Jersey

Event: International Overdose Awareness Day- Virtual Event

Date: 8/31/2020

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm EST

Location/Web link: The event will be streamed live on Facebook on Prevention Resource Network’s page.

Description: The Prevention Resource Network (Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey) in collaboration with New Jersey’s Harm Reduction Centers and New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition is organizing a live virtual event to raise awareness on the overdose epidemic and to honor the lives of those affected and lost to overdose. The event will have presentations from Harm Reduction Centers, education and demonstration on using Narcan, songs and prayers in memory of those touched by the overdose epidemic, and remarks from Natassia Rozario, Director, Opioid Policy and Response, NJDOH and Roseanne Scotti, Senior Technical Advisor, Syringe Access Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health.

South Carolina 

Challenges, Inc. Walk for Overdose Awareness, August 28, 7-9pm EDT, Greenville 

Greenwood Abbeville Coalition, Faith-to-Faith Fridays Candlelight Vigil, August 28, 7pm EDT, Greenwood, South Main Street Baptist Church (1000 South Main Street, field behind the church) 

Keystone, IOAD Drive-Thru Naloxone Distribution and Vigil, August 31, 8:30am-4:30pm EST, Rock Hill (1600 Ebenezer Road) 


Tennessee Overdose Prevention, IOAD Live Stream, August 31, virtual 

End the Syndemic Tennessee (TDH and TDMHSAS), IOAD Panel Discussion, August 31, 11am-12pm EST, virtual

End the Syndemic Tennessee (TDH and TDMHSAS), TN Save a Life Overdose Prevention Training, August 31, 12-1pm EST, virtual