Black Balloon Day

On March 6, across the United States families and loved ones remember and celebrate the lives lost to overdose. This day has become known as Black Balloon Day. 

Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths. As with many things with the opioid epidemic, Black Balloon Day began with a family’s loss. Diane and Lauren Hurley began Black Balloon Day in remembrance of Greg Tremblay. Tremblay, a father of four, is the son-in-law of Diane and brother-in-law of Lauren and died of an overdose when he was 38 years old on March 6, 2015.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by a gun. Black Balloon Day helps create awareness around the important issue of providing support to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.

Save the planet—release a virtual balloon.

Overdose Lifeline has made a practice to release virtual balloons each year on #BlackBalloonDay and we encourage everyone to do the same. If you wish to participate and share your loved one’s name and/or story this year on March 6, simply follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Save our Virtual Balloon template:
    Facebook template   Instagram template
    Instagram story template   Twitter template
  2. Share your loved one’s name and/or story or a message of hope and support for others
  3. Release the Virtual Balloon on Social Media on March 6 with the hashtag #BlackBalloonDay and tag @overdoselifeline, so we can share your stories. You can also Submit a Remembrance.
Support & Resources

​On this day, we wanted to outline the Overdose Lifeline support and resources available for the individual, families, caregivers, and the community to help with the opioid public health crisis.

Naloxone Harm Reduction

Naloxone training and distribution for first responders, groups and organizations, and the individual and caregiver. Overdose Lifeline can provide naloxone to first responders, groups and organizations or individuals and caregivers in need.

IN First Responder Naloxone Program

Request naloxone and training for your IN department.

Naloxone for the Public

Naloxone is available in Indiana without a prescription and is covered by insurance plans and medicare and medicaid. If you do not have insurance and are of limited financial means contact us at

Monthly support group led by licensed therapist for those who have experienced a loss from an overdose.

Programs and training for businesses, communities, educators, families, groups and organizations, healthcare, law enforcement, professionals in treatment and recovery and more.

This is (Not) About Drugs

An outcomes-driven, science-based youth opioid prevention program - incorporating NIDA principles, risk and protective factors available for schools and licensing.


Prevention and education program that uses personality testing to identify, understand, and stop youth and teenagers from engaging in destructive behaviors.


Mar 06 2023

The event is finished.

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