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Overdose Awareness Day

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. 

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 21nd 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 #240
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Submit a Photo of Your Loved One

Send us a picture of your loved one to (Subject: “Photo for Overdose Awareness Day”) or share their story on our Remembrance page by August 26th to make sure we include them in this year’s memorial.

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.


Elected government official aiding the awareness of ODL and the Opioid Epidemic interests at the government level.


Non-certified contributor to the cause of ODL and the Opioid Epidemic.


Medical or allied health professional advancing the cause/interests of ODL and the Opioid Epidemic.

Organization/Community Partner

Private sector business/agency/organization that has helped advance the cause of ODL and the Opioid Epidemic.

Public Safety Individual or Organization

Police, firefighter, EMT or paramedic making an impact related to ODL and the Opioid Epidemic.

Naloxone Lifesaver (multiple)

Documented/reported overdose reversal with naloxone excluding first responders

Nominate someone in your community

Nominations are now closed.

Schedule of Events

Welcome and Gathering​ | Food and Fellowship
6:00 – 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

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 29 2021


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Indiana State Museum

The event is finished.

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Overdose Lifeline Annual Awards

Each year Overdose Lifeline holds an awareness and remembrance day to honor lives lost to overdose. Last year Overdose Lifeline introduced annual awards to honor individuals contributing to saving lives. 

Fill out the form below to nominate someone in your community:

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