International Overdose Awareness Day

Every 31 August since 2001
Each year on 31 August the international community remembers those we've lost by helping to promote Overdose Awareness.
The Pennington Institute in Australia now works to coordinate this activism by providing a wide selection of resources on the official website overdoseday.com. These resources include posters, memes, overdose information, videos and templates for items like tshirts.

Latest Resources

(Scotland) Lord Advocate gives reassurance that naloxone supply can expand

On Sunday at a media briefing in Edinburgh, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced that “the Lord Advocate has confirmed that – for the duration of this crisis – it would not be in the public interest to prosecute any individual – working for a service registered with the Scottish Government – who supplies naloxone in an emergency, to save a life”. This development aims to increase the distribution of naloxone kits by relaxing the rules around who can supply the life-saving medication. It remains the case that anyone can legally administer naloxone, to anyone, for the purpose of responding to a suspected opiate-related overdose.

Brand new naloxone window stickers will be popping up across Scotland any day now!

The window clings with the well-known ‘save someone’ logo will be provided to local naloxone leads who will distribute to services in their health board area that have naloxone available for use in an emergency. Most of these services will have naloxone available to take home as well. The ‘save someone’ logo was established in 2012 and has been used by colleagues and agencies internationally to promote the life-saving medication.

Six tips from a naloxone expert

Short video from SURE Recovery about naloxone provision in the UK.

GDS Corona Conversations – with Kirsten Horsburgh from Scottish Drugs Forum

Interview by the Global Drug Survey with Kirsten Horsburgh, the National Naloxone Coordinator for Scottish Drugs Forum. She is an expert in preventing drug-related deaths. Based in Glasgow Kristen talks about how Scotland has responded to Covid-19 and describes innovative practice including postal naloxone and e-learning for saving lives.

COVID-19 Guidance for Naloxone Kit Distribution (Toronto, Canada)

The intersecting drug toxicity and COVID-19 crises are creating challenges for harm reduction and naloxone programs, requiring us to adapt our practice in order to maintain the health of clients, the community and staff. Naloxone distribution remains a vital lifesaving service. The ways in which programs are conducted must take into consideration up-to-date information about COVID-19, and related infection prevention and control recommendations.

Book: OD Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose

The history of an unnatural disaster-drug overdose-and the emergence of naloxone as a social and technological solution. For years, drug overdose was unmentionable in polite society. OD was understood to be something that took place in dark alleys-an ugly death awaiting social deviants-neither scientifically nor clinically interesting. But over the last several years, overdose prevention has become the unlikely object of a social movement, powered by the miracle drug naloxone.

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EuroNPUD Naloxone Resources

EuroNPUD have produced naloxone resources focused on peer to peer distribution.
EuroNPUD underscore the centrality of the involvement of people who use drugs: drug users must be regarded as the primary target group for naloxone distribution and administration.

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