International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

31 August 2020

Organized By

ATDC (Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council)

    Last year for International Overdose Awareness Day, we asked for your support to help us reach our goal of 1,000 folded origami folded cranes (aligned to the Senbazuru legend that if you folded 1,000 cranes you would get granted one wish – and ours was for a Tasmania free from overdose).

    You helped us achieve an astonishing 4,239 origami cranes and showed how the meditative act of folding cranes was a powerful way to encourage people to talk about drug overdose.

    Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council (ATDC) Tasmania are again inviting you to help us fold cranes to create another memorial to those lost to overdose and help us create an opportunity for people in the community to discuss the risks and impact of overdose.

    This year we will be doing it differently. To keep encouraging the community to social distance and show support from wherever they may be, we are asking people to fold the origami cranes and send us pictures. We will then use the individual pictures of the thousands of cranes to create a beautiful large digital artwork called a photographic mosaic which we will launch on International Overdose Awareness Day (Monday 31 August 2020). We will also be encouraging people to keep their cranes, and display them wherever they may be (hang them in the windows at home, in the office or in their car).

    Also, this year we want to encourage people to share with us what International Overdose Awareness Day may mean to them, and we are inviting people to submit a tribute in remembrance to someone they know who may have been lost of harmed as a result of drug overdose.

    Find out more on the ATDC website.