Aug. 31 is Overdose Awareness Day – a day set aside as a reminder of the pain and suffering drugs can inflict on families and communities. It is a time to remember those who lost their personal battle with substance use disorder and are no longer with us. A time to remember; a time to act.

Overdose Awareness Day and Recovery Month in September also serve as a time to overcome the stigma of asking for help. DBHIDS is dedicated to educating, strengthening, and serving individuals and communities so that all Philadelphians can thrive. Always remember: It’s OK to not be OK. You’re not alone. We are here to help.

Overdose and Stigma

People sometimes ask: “Why can’t people stop? Why won’t they just stop using or drinking?” If it were that easy, we would not have an epidemic.

Do not be embarrassed to mourn those you have lost; more people relate to this than you can imagine. In fact, more than 23 million adults in the nation have struggled with drug use, according to the NIH. Be vocal about it because it allows others to not feel alone. 

Overdose Awareness Day

A Time to Remember

Honor the souls lost to substance use in the Philadelphia area.

  • Online: Visit the digital overdose memorial. Bereaved survivors can add your loved one.
  • In Person: Visit the pop-up memorial garden in Center City
    • Where: Thomas Paine Plaza (1401 JFK Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19102).
    • When: August 31st – September 30th, 2022.
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.

A Time to Act

Help prevent deaths due to overdose:

If you know someone who uses drugs:

Narcan Training

Register for the free training on August 31st, or watch the video below.

Mental Health First Aid

If you suspect someone is struggling with addiction, Mental Health First Aid training can help.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance and alcohol use disorder and how to respond using the MHFA Action Plan. Remember to have realistic expectations. Major behavior changes take time to achieve and often involve the person going through a number of stages. A conversation is the first step to opening the door to a road to recovery.

Mental Health First Aid training teaches how to have those conversations. Find out how to get trained for free.

How have you been feeling?

Are you worried about your drinking habits, opioid use, or controlling your drug use? A screening can help.

  • It’s quick.
  • It’s free.
  • It’s anonymous.