Thousands of people, from all walks of life, die each year from drug related causes.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. This day aims to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death and injury is preventable, raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
IOAD is also a day to remember the people we have lost and to think of others who have been injured, as a result of drug overdose.
The theme for IOAD 2018 is Time to Remember, Time to Act.
Would you recognise the signs and symptoms of overdose? Read our guide on how to identify an overdose.
Support materials, information on addiction services, rehabilitation and all aspects of supports relating to drug services can be found on www.drugs.ie and www.overdoseday.com
Minister for State, Catherine Byrne TD talking about Intranasal Naloxone.