Office of Student Life

Overdose Awareness Day

With a goal of raising awareness, supporting communities in the fight against drug addiction, and remembering loved ones lost to the epidemic, the state will observe its second “Ohio Overdose Awareness Day” on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Ohio State and the Office of Student Life are proud to join our fellow Ohioans and those across the country in remembering and honoring the lives lost to the opioid epidemic in our country.

#WeSeeYou: Let's Give a Hand! - Campaign Kick-Off Program

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

West Plaza, Ohio Union

Contact: Brandon Horton (


The purpose of this campaign is to inform and empower Ohio State students, faculty and staff about the significance of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). This tabling event will create a space for students to enhance their creative and emotional wellness, in which students will have the opportunity to place their hand in purple paint and place it on a long banner to be symbolic of recognizing and supporting individuals who may have experienced an overdose in any form, or who may be in or seeking recovery.


Carry Naloxone. Save a Life!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

RPAC Meeting Room 3 / Registration Link

Contact: Brandon Horton (


The "Carry Naloxone. Save a Life" training provides participants with information on how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose, administer the opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, and educate the importance of harm reduction and its concepts. The training is designed for students, staff and faculty who are interested in possibly saving a life, in case of an emergency.


ADAMH: International Overdose Awareness Day Event

12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Stephens Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219


August 31 is a day of observation for International Overdose Awareness Day.

Ohio’s Overdose Awareness Day was established in 2021 by Senate Bill 30 and aims to raise public awareness and remember the lives lost to the ongoing national opioid epidemic.

Anyone interested in requesting a naloxone training for a group of students, staff or faculty can request a training below through our training request form by emailing Brandon Horton.