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International Overdose Awareness Day: A time to remember, a time to act

31st Aug 2018 AMHO News

August 31, 2018

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) and our 220 members from across Ontario join organizations, individuals and communities across the world to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day.

International Overdose Awareness Day is an annual event that aims to spread awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of overdose related deaths. It is a time to acknowledge the grief of those who have sustained injury and lost loved ones to overdose, remember those we have lost, and to help increase knowledge and capacity to prevent future overdoses and deaths.

Overdose can happen to anyone, but the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

There are a number of signs and symptoms that show someone has overdosed, and these differ with the type of drug used. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. It is important to know your correct dosage, what drugs definitely should not be mixed, and know to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use.

End Overdose 


Where to get a free naloxone kit

Pharmacies, community organizations and corrections facilities across the province offer free naloxone kits, as well as training on how to use them. Click here to look-up where to find a naloxone kit.

Recognizing and and responding to overdoses

International Overdose Awareness Day has put together fact sheets that provide an overview of the type of drug, the signs of an overdose, and how to respond. Click on the posters below for more information and to download:







Looking for help?

​Are you interested in seeing what services, supports and treatment options are available to you?

Ontario has a free, 24/7 helplines that can provide information and point you in the right direction. Connect with ConnextOntario online at or call toll-free at 1-866-531-2600.


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