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.

Learn more about our work in 2020

"participating broke something in me in a good way, and opened my eyes to myself"

MartaParticipant

"What a beautiful group of humans. I wonder if my dads story would have turned out differently if he’d had a creative group around him."

Hanna HeadAudience Member

“ a powerful opportunity to work through difficult emotions non verbally”

RParticipant

History of the project

In 2018, small performance adventures worked in partnership with cascade creative recovery to deliver a series of pop up performances for International Overdose Awareness Day. These performances involved Cascade’s Choir and drama group and were  acts of remembrance, respect and awareness raising.

In 2019 with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, we worked with Bristol Drugs Project’s choir and drama group to deliver simultaneous pop up performances in Brighton and Bristol which were live streamed here.