Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

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Monday, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember those we’ve lost to overdose. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of overdose deaths, and increase understanding of how to respond to overdose at an individual and community level.

This email includes: resources for Overdose Awareness Day, upcoming webinars of interest, and information about new resources coming soon from

We hope these resources and updates will help you spread the word!

Washington State Overdose Awareness Day Proclamation

Read the Washington State Proclamation written by Tony Walton from the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA), with support and input from colleagues at the HCA, the Department of Health, ADAI and many others.

This proclamation helps raise awareness of the continued and widespread impact of overdose deaths on Washington communities.

International Overdose Awareness Day Resources

There are several ways to participate in the campaign, including:

  • Post a tribute to a loved one who has passed away from an overdose
  • Using #OverdoseAware or #EndOverdose on social media
  • A support kit for organizing a community event or activity
  • Download resources like fact sheets, graphics, and more

Find: more information on ways to participate | a list of events happening in WA. resources

Overdose is reversible. Death is not.

WA State Department of Health Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution

The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides free overdose response training, technical assistance, and naloxone kits to qualifying organizations in the state interested in addressing our current overdose problem.

For more information, or to request help getting naloxone, email Sean Hemmerle.

Other resources on their webpage:

Treatment resources

Washington Recovery Help Line can connect you with options for substance use disorder treatment including with their medications for opioid use disorder treatment locator.

Learn About Treatment, our new webpage features resources for individuals, friends, family, communities, and providers about treatments for opioid use disorder. Soon to include information about treatments for stimulant use disorder as well.


Washington Poison Center webinar series
The Poison Center is hosting a series of webinars the week of August 31st about overdose. Topics will includes opioids & opiates, Narcan, safe storage, drug economics, and more. Find information and links to register here.

Coming in Fall 2020!

  • New health education materials from ADAI on methamphetamine overdose. Will include:
    • Brochure on signs and symptoms, steps to respond
    • Poster and palm card to increase awareness that methamphetamine deaths are increasing in Washington
    • Page on about methamphetamine overdose