International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, is the world’s annual campaign to

  • End overdose
  • Remember without stigma those who have died
  • Acknowledge the grief of loved ones left behind

Overdose is one of the world’s worst public health crises. Though the epidemic is international, the impact is personal, and pervasive in many of our communities. It is estimated that 35.6 million people live with drug use disorders worldwide ( More significantly, overdose can happen to anyone taking an opioid.

Ever year…

168 million opioid prescriptions are written and filled each year

200 million people using some type of illicit drug worldwide

Accidental overdoses don’t discriminate.

Anyone taking a prescription opioid, living with opioid use disorder themselves, or who knows someone with an opioid use disorder should have a safety plan in place:

Everyone plays an important role in reducing overdose deaths. To help those in your communities:

If you or someone you care about need(s) help with a possible substance use problem or need

help locating treatment services, contact the Illinois Helpline:


Text 833234

  • The Helpline is a confidential and free service that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals experiencing substance use disorders, families, providers, and anyone affected by substance use.
  • Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services.