International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day ( IOAD)  is a global event held on 31 August each year, the remembrance aim to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death and remember those who have passed away from a drug overdose.

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life and social classes. Do you recognise the signs and symptoms of an overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it?

For more information on drug related deaths in Scotland or the general harm from problematic use of drug and alcohol, visit the OHADP website on. or email the OHADP on:

To mark the IOAD, a video has been posted on the Drug Deaths Taskforce website with contributions from the Minister as well as Becky Wood and Colin Hutcheon from the Taskforce.

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