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International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, 2023

From Ottawa Public Health

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdoses and remember, without stigma, those who have experienced drug-related harms, including fatal overdoses and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. 

The 2023 theme “Recognizing those people who go unseen” is about acknowledging people in our communities who are affected by overdose but might go unseen in the crisis. To learn more, please visit

Ottawa will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, at the Canadian Human Rights Monument (220 Elgin St., outside Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall) between 11:30 am-1:00 pm, hosted by Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and open for public and community attendance. Ottawa Public Health’s Harm Reduction and Addiction and Substance Use Health teams will be attending for support, to provide overdose prevention and response training and access to naloxone kits.

For more information about Ottawa’s local context and for supports and services, please visit


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