Overdose Awareness Day
Overdose Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day which began in Australia in 2001 and is observed annually on August 31st. Overdose Awareness Day (ODAD) spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. This is a day to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose.
Indiana Overdose Awareness Day is sponsored by Overdose Lifeline. ODL has held an ODAD each year since 2014. ODL honors and recognizes lives lost with a display of photos and a candlelight vigil. We celebrate our loved ones with a light meal and support for each other.
Overdose Awareness Day 2020 will be held in-person. All COVID-19 guidelines will be observed and masks will be required (and avalable for sale on location). Space is limited, so please RSVP.
Place a Ribbon in Their Memory
Stop by the Overdose Lifeline, Inc. office (address below) at 8:30am on August 22nd to pick up a ribbon and place it in the yard, where it will stay for the entire duration of the Overdose Awareness Week in memory of loved ones lost to overdose.
Overdose Lifeline, Inc. Address:
1100 W 42nd St #345
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Nominate Someone for the ODL Annual Awards
ODL takes the opportunity during ODAD to recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed to solving the opioid and substance misuse epidemic. There are 6 nominations total.
Nominate someone in your community
Nominations are now closed.
Welcome and Gathering | Food and Fellowship
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided.
Naloxone (Narcan) Distribution
6:30 – 6:45 PM
Overdose Lifeline will be distributing naloxone (Narcan) and providing training. Training is required to carry naloxone.
Naloxone available on a First Come First Serve Basis. Training and naloxone are free, but donations will be welcomed.
Program and Speakers
6:45 – 7:30 PM
Join the commemoration of those that have lost their lives to the ravaging disease of addiction and the pain felt by the families and friends of those left to grieve. Special Guest Speakes. Honorary master of ceremonies, Chris Wright, CBS-4 Chief Meteorologist will be joining us to MC the event.
Remembrance and Ceremony
Candlelight vigil immediately following
Location & Parking
The Overdose Lifeline event will take place at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Parking is available in the attached White River State Park underground parking garage on Washington Street and in nearby garages, or in the White River State Park South Lot.