International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August)

Endoverdose Stacked Black MediumNote: Carter has now made the text of his presentation at our event available.  It's definitely worth a read.


Each year on August 31st, people around the world remember those who have been lost to (or harmed by) overdose, raise awareness about overdose risks and advocate for change to prevent future harm.

We will be holding a public event at our Coburg site on the 31st (Thursday, 2.00-3.30pm) to remember those individuals and families affected by overdose, discuss the growing risks associated with opioids in Victoria and advocate for the establishment of a pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond.

In addition to individual contributions to the remembrance and discussion, we will have the following speakers:

  • Carter (ReGen Consumer Participant) will discuss his experience of using Sydney's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and the urgent need for the establishment of a similar service in Melbourne to prevent overdose deaths; &
  • Ginny McKinnon (ReGen Overdose Response Project Officer) will discuss her recent experience in the UK volunteering with The Loop, providing drug checking services at the Boomtown festival to help reduce harm and prevent overdose.

We invite anyone who has used our services, family members or interested members of the public to join us for the event and for afternoon tea.

RSVP: Paul Aiken ( / 9384 8867)

If you can't make it on the day but would like to show your support, we recommend the Victoria Street Drug Solutions March to Save Lives in Richmond on Sunday, August 27th. See their Facebook Page for more details.

Other events in the evening of Aug 31st include:

See the International Overdose Awareness Day website for information about other events near you.