Eastern Idaho Public Health Recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day 8/31/23

Thursday August 31, 2023

Full IOAD Press Release 8.31.2023

Eastern Idaho – It’s time to remember loved ones and end overdose.

Local communities in Eastern Idaho and around the world are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use.

The following event will be taking place in Idaho Falls in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day:


  • Candlelight Vigil organized by Soldiers of Hope (Allen Abood and Kathy Chin) to remember those lost to overdose, recognize individuals in recovery, and spread hope.

Wednesday, August 31, 2023 at 7:00pm MT by the Round-about by Memorial Dr. and D. Street * Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

By holding an event this year, the people of Eastern Idaho are joining themselves to a global movement for understanding, compassion, and change. People and communities come together annually to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse.

Global overdose rates have skyrocketed in the last 25 years. In 2020, an estimated 284 million people worldwide had used a drug in the past 12 months, a 26 percent increase from 2010. The situation is especially severe in the US. In 2021, provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were 107,622 drug overdose deaths, an increase of 15 per cent from 2020.

Idaho Drug Overdose Mortality data from 2022 indicates 381 Idahoans experienced fatal drug overdoses. Of those 381 drug overdoses, 270 deaths were related to any opioid overdose and 188 deaths were related to fentanyl overdose. For additional Idaho Drug Overdose Data visit: https://www.gethealthy.dhw.idaho.gov/drug-overdose-dashboard

Eastern Idaho Public Health’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program advances opioid prevention work through public and prescriber education, local capacity building, public safety partnerships, and connection to resources.

Eastern Idaho Public Health provides information and presentations to community members and organizations about the current state of opioid use in Idaho, safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids, illicit opioids, opioid overdose warning signs, how to administer naloxone, and Idaho’s Good Samaritan Law. Presentations include overdose recognition and demonstrations of nasal naloxone.

If you or your organization are interested in hosting a Drug Overdose Prevention and Response Training (Naloxone Training) or have questions, please contact Mallory Johnson mjohnson@eiph.idaho.gov or (208) 533-3221.

For additional information regarding Eastern Idaho Public Health’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program, visit the EIPH Website.

A full list of the IOAD 2023 events currently planned around the world can be found at: overdoseday.com

International Overdose Awareness Day is convened by Penington Institute, an Australian not-for-profit.