Since 2001 this day of recognition occurs each year on August 31st. Harm reduction agencies around the globe organize events to raise awareness about this important issue. If your program is hosting an event for International Overdose Awareness Day, please register your event. To view events that have already been registered, look here.
In 2016 there were at least 2,946 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada with another 2,923 occurring between January and September 2017. These reports do not include deaths caused by drugs other than opioids, so the total number of drug-induced deaths will be somewhat higher. Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/national-report-apparent-opioid-related-deaths-released-march-2018.html