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Ways to get involved



at no cost


NTX Overdose
Awareness Day

Saturday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.
Lawn of the Denton Courthouse on the Square
110 W. Hickory St., Denton, TX

Speakers, Resource Providers, Memorial,
Food, Music, Balloon Art, Give-Aways

Please join us in the fight to reduce stigma and end overdose.

Follow us on Facebook where you can post pictures and stories of the struggle of substance misuse and overdose. Thank you for your continued support of the cause. An in memoriam donation can be made through this site to honor a loved one.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 110,000 Annually
Nearly 110,000 people died from drug overdose in the U.S. in 2022 according to early estimates by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest number of deaths recorded in a calendar year.
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2023 NTX Overdose Awareness Day
North Texas Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2023, was a success! Thank you to our speakers, to both returning and new resource providers, to the city and county of Denton, to our sponsors, and to the approximately 300+ people who gathered to support overdose awareness. Follow us on Facebook, You can also contact us at
2023 Event Photos
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Our Purpose

  • Unite and educate the community against the opioid epidemic

  • Provide resources and support for individuals and families struggling with addiction

  • Reduce the stigma of overdose and addiction

  • Remember those who have lost their lives to overdose

How it Started

The first North Texas Overdose Awareness Day was held in 2018 as a part of a global network, with the purpose of remembering those lost to overdose, providing valuable information on overdose prevention, and growing community awareness in North Texas. Held on the lawn at the old courthouse in downtown Denton, Texas, the event began as a way to honor Randy Roland and the many others lost to drug overdose in the North Texas area.

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31 each year to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable. It was initiated in 2001 by The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, community members, government, and non-government organizations have held hundreds of events each year all over the world to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose. IOAD is coordinated by the non-profit Australian public health organization, the Penington Institute.

2023 Event Pictures

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors
How to become a Sponsor

Contact us to become a sponsor. A limited number of $250.00 sponsorships available. Sponsor benefits: resource table guaranteed with a sponsor designation signage, name on event T-shirt, listing on social media and website, listing on Thank You signage at the event, recognition from stage at the event.

Our 2023 Resource Providers

Aaron’s Voices

AppleGate Recovery Lewisville

BASH’EN Fentanyl 4 Sebastian

Burgess Family

Cook Children’s WATCH Coalition

DEA Dallas Field Division

Denton County Drug Treatment Court

Denton County MHMR Center

Denton Freedom House

Denton Fire Department

Denton ISD

Denton Police Dept. Mental Health Division

Denton Serenity Nar-Anon Family Group

Denton Vote Group

Denton Wesley Foundation

DHREAM-DFW Harm Reduction Education Access Movement

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.

First United Methodist Church Denton

Ignite U1

Jacob’s Journey

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center

Journey to Dream

Kendra McKiddy Realtor

Love, Cassidy

Mandy Metts Makes

Mantra Recovery

Military Veteran Peer Network

Missing Pieces-WTF

NTXFC North Texas Fentanyl Coalition

North Texas Rural Resilience NTRR

Phoenix House Texas

Recovery Resource Council

Restored Path Detox

R.O.O. Reacting to Opioid Overdose

Roots Renewal Ranch

Rose Clark, For the Love of Catherine

Santé Center For Healing


SOAR, Juvenile Mental Health Court

Solutions of North Texas

Texas Health Recovery and Wellness

Texas Treatment Services

The Salvation Army Denton

United Way of Denton County

University Behavioral Health of Denton

UNT Rehabilitation and Health Services


Well Culture Counseling

Winning the Fight

How to become a Resource Provider (no COST)

Contact us to become a resource provider; spaces are limited. There is no cost; we will provide a table and chair set up. You bring your knowledge and resources to share with the community. You will be listed on our social media, website and Thank You signage at event.