International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died from overdose, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

The IOAD 2023 theme “Recognizing those people who go unseen” is about acknowledging people in our communities who are affected by overdose, but might go unseen in the crisis.

It is time to Remember. Time to Act.

On August 31, Gateway Health will be hosting an International Overdose Awareness Day event at 6pm. In Wodonga, the water tower will be lit up in purple and Wangaratta there will be a tea light vigil around the water tower in conjunction with The Rural City of Wangaratta and Wodonga Councils. We invite you to attend and share a moment with us to remember those lost and or affected by overdose and show support to advocate for change.

If you can’t make it on the night, and would like to commemorate someone, you can post a tribute on the official page here

Gateway Health works with individuals and the local community to reduce harm from alcohol and drug use and to help people to make positive changes in their lives. Head here for more information.