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. 

Overdose Awareness Day in Indiana

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. ODL also takes the opportunity during ODAD to recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed to solving the opioid and substance misuse epidemic.

Schedule of Events

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
7:30 PM
Candlelight vigil immediately following

Remember & Celebrate

Send us a picture of your loved one to and put “Photo for Overdose Awareness Day” as the Subject. You can also share their story on our Remembrance page.

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.


Aug 30 2020


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Indiana State Museum
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