International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a global event held each year to raise awareness and end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends left behind. Globally, events are held to rouse action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.

Throughout BC, events will be held leading up and on International Overdose Awareness Day. Please join in activities and actions near your community.

If you would like to add an event, send it to [email protected]


When: August 31, 2022, 11.00 – 2.00pm & 6:00 – 8.30pm
Where: Jubilee Park Day & Mill Lake Shelter #4 Evening

We are standing together with other resources that serve the Fraser Valley to bring friends, family and professionals impacted by the opiate epidemic to raise awareness and honour the lives lost by overdose. We want to “end the stigma, end the silence” and to support our community to reach for “no more stigma, no more shame”.

Abbotsford Addictions Centre and other programs of Archway Community Services are collaborating with two events one day/one evening: Standing Together with ROAR – Abbotsford Community Action Team’s Day Event at Jubilee Park & LIFE Recovery’s Evening Event at Mill Lake for people that can attend only one or both. We will also be honouring first responders. There will be purple chairs supporting Moms Stop The Harm Empty Chair Campaign, candles to light in honour of lost ones, flowers, a mindful area to reflect, booths, resources, naloxone training and a chance to connect with others including Telecare, Abbotsford Hospice, S.A.R.A. Mission Friendship Centre Society, Impact and others. Come add to the light.


When: August 31, 2022, 1PM-4PM
Where: Neighbourhood Church (formerly Southside Community Church), 7135 Walker Avenue, Burnaby BC

Please join us on August 31st to raise awareness & honour the lives lost due to the overdose crisis. We will have special guest speakers, moment of silence & tribute, naloxone training (3-4pm) and networking with community service providers. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Burnaby Community Action Team.

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Campbell River

When: August 31, 2022, 11am-2pm
Where: Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC

The Campbell River Community Action Team (CAT) is hosting an  event in Spirit Square to remember and honour those lost in the ongoing drug poisoning crisis. The event will take place on Aug. 31 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and will feature education stations, pop-up naloxone training, community-based art and memorial projects as well as resource tables.

At the event, the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) will be introducing their new drug checking service, which is a service offered in partnership with the University of Victoria.

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When: August 31, 2022, 12pm-4pm
Where: 44680 Schweyey Rd, Chilliwack, BC

  • Welcome from Chief Robert Gladstone
  • Honour and Prayer Songs – Courtney Russel
  • Blessing of the Food & Free Food Truck Fare
  • Live Butterfly Release & Healing Song
  • Open Mic: Sharing stories of grief, loss and survival. Beginning with Lorraine Brice, surviving mother of anvoverdose victim
  • Peer Support Group
  • Healing Hearts Group
  • “Against All Odds”- All-ages basketball skills clinic With Cory Breland
  • Drop-in b-ball game

Hosted by Shxwha:y Village in Partnership with the Chilliwack Community Action Team.

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When: August 28th, 2022, 10-4PM
Where: Ladner Farmers Market, Between Delta St. and Elliot St., 48th Ave. Delta, BC

Join us in gathering to remember the many lives lost and impacted by the poisonous drug supply crisis. Day will feature Naloxone Training, Harm Reduction and dialogue to stop stigma.

Participate in the “Stigma is____” Challenge to help bring awareness to stigma and win prizes provided by Tsawwassen First Nations Artists. 

Hosted by the Delta Community Action Team
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When: August 31, 2022, 11:30-4:30PM
Where: 124 Canada Ave, Charles Hoey Park

The Cowichan Community Action Team (CAT) will be hosting an IOAD event. This event will include:

  • information/resource booths from community outreach partners
  • peer-led Naloxone training and distribution of Naloxone kits
  • live music on the topics of addiction and mental health
  • a vigil tent (with battery-operated candles, poems of remembrance, photos of lost loved ones)
  • a peer art display on the theme of harm reduction
  • community speakers
  • awareness: signs with statistics to educate the public
  • resources: at all booths (specific to that organization’s services) and a grief resource guide and a local survival guide at the info tent
  • House of Commons petition for a Health-Based Approach to the Toxic Drug Crisis (continuing Bill C-216 advocacy momentum for a future national bill)

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Fort Saint John

When: August 31, 2022, 10AM-3PM
Location: 9523 100 St, Fort St John, BC

Hosted by the Community Action Team, the day will include a range of open house activities including naloxone training, free community lunch, and a candlelight vigil, along with mask painting, crafting, poetry, and music.

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When: August 31, 2022, 11AM-2PM
Location: Hope Memorial Park – The corner of Wallace and 4th Avenue

We are planning on bringing overdose awareness to our community in our local park and downtown core. The Community Action Team in Hope is partnered with Hope & Area Transition Society as well as Fraser Health to put together this event. We will have a spot for celebrating lost loved ones, by writing their names down on purple angel and heart cards, and hanging them up for others to see. There will be a lovely door prize as well as Wildflower seeds for the public to take. We will also be offering on-site Naloxone training to the public. This event will run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and we will be set up in Memorial Park on the corner of Wallace and 4th Ave. We look forward to seeing you all!


When: August 31, 2022, 10AM – 1PM
Where: Canada, 315 Yellowhead Hwy, Kamloops, BC

Q’wemtsín Health Society will be hosting an event in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. The event will be held at Moccasin Square Garden from 10:00 am through to 1:00 pm with special guest speaker: Rockery Brady. There will be information booths, naloxone training, lunch and door prizes. Everyone is welcome to this free event!

When: August 31, 2022, 7pm
Where: Paramount Theatre, 503 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC

This event will be hosted at the Paramount theatre where we will be screening the much anticipated film featured at the Vancouver Film Festival titled, Love in the Time of Fentanyl. We will be joined by the film makers for an intimate panel discussion for those who would like to stay.

There will be a panel discussion, resource tables and drug checking at this event. Tickets are free and available at:

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When: August 31, 3PM – 9PM
Where: Musqueam Cultural Centre, 4000 Musqueam Ave, Vancouver, BC

Musqueam’s NNADAP and Health Department are presenting our second harm reduction event of the year on August 31.

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, there will be a daytime community event with guest speakers, Mr. Bannock catering, door prizes and vendors. Everyone that attends will receive a gift card. Click here for more event information

“?aȷǐmɛt Harm Reduction Circle Grand Opening and Honouring our Loved Ones Ceremony”
This event will be the grand opening of our harm reduction program and new space, ?aȷǐmɛt Harm Reduction Circle, a community and peer led indigenous harm reduction program/service. We will be hosting an honouring our loved ones ceremony to honour our past and present loved ones impacted by the toxic drug crisis, along with a community BBQ. We will have guests from Moms Stop the Harm as well as the First Nations Health Authority, mental health support onsite, and resources and information regarding harm reduction and the toxic drug crisis.


When: August 31, 2022, 8AM – 11AM
Where: Quesnel – Royal Canadian Legion (Parking Lot) 262 Kinchant Street

Pancake Breakfast! Honoring our people in memorial of David Baker. For those we have lost, those who we are at risk of losing and those we have lost due to the war on people who use drugs. This will include speakers, a drum circle, Naloxone training and distribution and a large visual display.Pancake Breakfast! Honoring our people in memorial of David Baker. For those we have lost, those who we are at risk of losing and those we have lost due to the war on people who use drugs. This will include speakers, a drum circle, Naloxone training and distribution and a large visual display.

See event poster here.

When: August 31, 2022, 12PM
Where: Front St. Quesnel BC – Entrance to the walking bridge

Hosted by Coalition of Substance Users of the North (CSUN). Community engagement for education and awareness of the current OD Crisis in BC Canada.

  • Naloxone training and distribution
  • Indigenous Community partners drumming/opening ceremony.
  • Displays of art in memory of our lost loved ones.
  • Grief and healing Counselors.
  • Prayer and tobacco ties.
  • Memorial flower drop, education and awareness through displays and guest speakers.

Hosted and initiated by people who do or have used drugs. Education by way of knowledge translation products and guest speaker. Food and community comradery building opportunities to create allyships for future collaboration and community response.


When: August 31st, 2022, 4PM
Where: Hackett Park, 5765 Dolphin St, Sechelt, BC

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Community Action Team. The SCCAT is planning an event at Hackett Park in Sechelt to create a space for those to come together, share stories and remember those that have been lost from the overdose crisis.
If you are interested in learning more, volunteering or speaking at the event, please email [email protected]