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Thursday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day is an event held yearly to raise awareness of the overdose crisis and attempt to bring the truth about the disease of addiction into the light and reduce the stigma attached to it. It is also meant to provide a source of grief acknowledgement and healing through coming together for families and people who have lost loved ones to this vicious disease. Addiction destroys lives, breaks hearts, and steals happiness, and on International Overdose Awareness Day, we bring the truth into the light, and remember those we have lost. Wearing silver on this day is one way to show your solidarity for those in or affected by addiction. But it’s not the only way. There are events all over the country where people will be gathering to stand together. Below are the events in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Event descriptions are pulled directly from, and more information can be found there. But if you live outside the area, check the link, and see what is happening near you. Get involved. Show your support. And be a positive force to stand against addiction and the judgment faced by addicts and their families.


  • Event: America is #FEDUP2017 – IOAD Opioid March
  • Date: August 31, 2017 12:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: National Press Club
  • 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045
  • The Ellipse
  • The White House
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
  • Contact: Sean O’Donnell
  • Phone: 612-850-3107
  • Email:

2017 marks half a decade of unifying families, organizations, and allies from across our nation who’ve stood together in an alliance to end the opioid epidemic. With another year of increased deaths and the change of power in our federal government, this year we’re planning a series of events nationwide on August 31, 2017, International Overdose Awareness Day — a day of remembrance and awareness, recognized worldwide. To send the greatest impact, we’ve updated the agenda to include a press conference, networking, a candlelight vigil for those we’ve lost and a march to the White House.
We’re FED UP! and we’re calling for immediate, coordinated and comprehensive federal action to end the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids.


  • Event: Chosen Few 2017 Overdose Community Vigil
  • Date: Thursday August 31, 2017 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Marvin Gaye Park
  • NE Division Av & Foote ST NE
  • Washington, DC 20019

From 4 to 8pm the District’s own Chosen Few will be hosting a community vigil at Marvin Gaye Park (located on the corner of Division Avenue NE and Fitch Place) to mourn the lives of loved ones lost to fatal drug overdose. The event will include guest speakers, educational materials, harm reduction supplies, Naloxone (Narcan) training and dinner. The event memorializes the approximately 550 people that have been lost to overdose death in the District between 2014 and 2017 with an individual gravestone to commemorate each death. Guests will also be invited to join in building a community altar to honor their loved ones.



Bel Air

    • Event: Harford against heroin in loving memory of Kaitlyn
    • Date: 8/27/2017 3-9pm
    • Location: Steelefish grille
    • 660 Bolton street bel air md

Fundraising to assist families to treat addiction.


Ellicott City

      • Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
      • Date: August 31, 2017 5:30 – 8:00 PM
      • Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042
      • Contact: Barbara Allen
      • Phone: 410-480-2334
      • Email:

Second annual public event to remember those who have been lost to Substance Use Disorder via a Candlelight Vigil, to honor those in recovery and to educate others in the magnitude of overdoses. Sponsored by James’ Place Inc. and the Howard County Health Dept. Resource Tables open 5:30-7:00 pm; Program 7:00-8:00 pm



      • Event: Hope For Change Fest
      • Date: August 19, 2017 12 noon- 7pm
      • Location: Baker Park.
      • 21 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD 21701
      • Contact: Chasity Fox
      • Phone: 240-440-2020

Time to Remember Time to Act! Hope for Change Fest is a community event for everyone of all ages and walks of life to bring awareness to addiction and overdoses around our community and country. Come join us with live music from local bands, snacks and drinks, activities for all ages and education on the growing epidemic our community faces. Learn how you can be a part to help combat this epidemic. We also will be having a candlelight vigil at end of fest to honor all that we have lost from overdose.



      • Event: Free Naloxone Training
      • Date: 8/31/2017 10:15 AM -11:15 AM
      • Location: 19537 Doctors Drive, Bldg. 3, Germantown, MD 20874
      • Contact: Maheen Nasim
      • Phone: 240-654-4001
      • Email:

This is a free training session on the administration of Naloxone, the life-saving drug used to reverse opioid overdose. This event is free and open to the public, and a pharmacy contact will be provided for attendees to obtain a supply of Naloxone. The event will take place at BornFree Wellness Center, and pre-registration is encouraged by contacting facility Director Maheen Nasim at the phone number or email listed at right.


Glen Burnie

      • Event: Carol Boyer
      • Date: August 31, 2017 6:30pm
      • Location: Arundel Christian Church
      • 710 Aquahart Road
      • Glen Burnie, MD 21061

The Second Annual International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil will be held for all of Anne Arundel County and any others wishing to share their story. If you have lost someone to overdose, or have overdosed yourself, please reach out to Carol Boyer 443-591-2070,



      • Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
      • Date: 8/31/17 8-9 pm
      • Location: Town Square

Please join as citizens and organizations throughout Hagerstown meet at the Public Square for a Candle Light Vigil on Overdose Awareness Day. Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved ones lost to overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. We aim to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.


      • Event: Remembering Brooke – to save others.
      • Date: Thursday, August 31st – 2017 6pm
      • Location: Doubs Woods Park – 13075 South Potomac – Hagerstown Md. 21740

Remembering loved ones we’ve lost to overdose with a balloon release followed by candlelight vigil.



      • Event: Montgomery County International Overdose Awareness Day vigil
      • Date: August 31, 2017 6:00-8:30 p.m
      • Location: Justice Plaza, plaza between the Montgomery County Circuit Court and the County Executive Building, facing East Jefferson Street, Rockville Maryland (free parking in the Jury parking lot- located at the intersection of East Jefferson Street (Route 28) and Monroe Street.

This is the second annual public event sponsored by S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss) families of Montgomery County and other community partners to remember loved ones who have been lost to a drug overdose, and to honor those in recovery. Guest speakers will share their stories, and educational and support resources will be available. There will be a memorial video featuring pictures of family members and friends we have lost and the evening will end with a candlelight vigil. Please submit any pictures, along with the name of the person, date of birth and date of death, that you would like to have included in the memorial video to the email address:



Eagle Rock

      • Event: Angel Kisses Outreach Ministry candlelight vigil
      • Date: August 31,2017 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
      • Location: Iron Gate Community Church 1115 Spring Street,Eagle Rock Va 24085

Guest speakers whom have lost loved ones from overdose,overdose awareness facts,fact sheets and resource sheets will be given out,candles will be provided for all who attend,prayer,special music,community support and love,candlelight vigil.



        • Event: “We Are the Faces of Addiction” Candlelight Vigil
        • Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST
        • Location: Bisset Park Gazebo
        • 49 Berkley Williams Drive
        • Radford, VA (USA) 24141
        • Contact: Mike Wade
        • Phone: 540-961-8300
        • Email:

A community awareness event, focusing on the prevention of prescription drug abuse and heroin overdose. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil to remember those who have been lost to overdose.