Plan for International Overdose Awareness Day

The Office of Behavioral Health is assisting community partners in planning for International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. We are taking requests for naloxone and/or naloxone training, expert speakers from OBH, materials and other resources, and we will do our best to accommodate. Please email with the details of your event and how OBH can help support it.

In addition, we are spreading the word about community events around International Overdose Awareness Day. All events known to us are listed below:


11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden
Hosted by Jefferson County Public Health
11-11:30: “Kickoff” Speakers
11:30-12: Vendors Open (Community Resources)
12-1:30: Community Speakers
1:30-2: Vendors Open (Community Resources)
2-3: Free Naloxone Administration Training

The Office of Behavioral Health's opioid memorial wall will be at the event and avaliable on site the day before, Aug. 28, as well. 

11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Aug. 31
Arapahoe County Centerpoint Plaza County Building
Hosted by Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership (TCOPP)
Speakers: Arapahoe County Commissioner, Adams County Commissioner; Consortium’s Affected Families and Friends and Young People in Recovery.
Narcan training will be available.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31
667 Bannock St.
Hosted by Denver Health Medical Center
An interactive memorial for those who have loss someone to substance use and one educational booth will be just outside of Pavilion G, where the main Denver Health Webb Pharmacy is located. Educational booths will also be in front of the cafeteria and just inside the main entrance to Pavilion A (main hospital) as well.

1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31
231 E Colfax Ave.
Hosted by Harm Reduction Action Center
The Harm Reduction Action Center will be recognizing Overdose Awareness Day with an action-packed event. We will meet at HRAC (231 E. Colfax Ave) at 1 p.m. sharp to assemble and then march around the Capitol armed with supplies to provide a visual impact of those we lost, and continue to lose, to overdoses in our community. Folks should bring their own signs. Folks are welcome to bring a 5x7 picture of their loved one that passed away due to overdose and we will add them to our overdose memorial wall in our agency. This year we will be proudly showcasing our mobile supervised consumption booth. We hope to educate the community on how this public health initiative can prevent overdose deaths in Denver. Staff will be conducting Narcan trainings.

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31
Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Hosted by Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

The Office of Behavioral Health's opioid memorial wall will be at the event. Resources will be available throughout the event, and a speaking portion will begin at 10:45 a.m.

2 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31
Civic Center Park, Old Town Fort Collins
Hosted by Health District of Northern Larimer County
The event will include: Overdose Prevention trainings and Narcan/naloxone distribution, resource booths, speakers, music, food trucks, art/memorial spaces and a candlelight vigil.

2 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31
Lincoln Park
Hosted by North Colorado Health Alliance 
Speakers include: Robert Valuck, Lesley Brooks, Mark Wallace, Raymond Martinez and Cassie Herrera
The event will also include a medication take-back event.