International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose, they come from all walks of life. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Overdose Awareness Day Live is a collective of UK addiction recovery arts organisations who work together to deliver pop-up performances across the country on 31st August each year to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day.
In 2020, in response to the global pandemic through zoom and some socially distanced film making, we created a series of videos that were shown on the day. We worked with Edit Sweet and We are Not Saints in Brighton and across England with Bristol Drugs Project, Outside Edge in London, and Our Space at Theatre Royal Plymouth.