Overdose Day

Senbazuru is the Japanese art of folding 1,000 paper cranes. It is said that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes and make a wish, it will come true.

The ATDC and DEN are calling on members of the Tasmanian community to help fold origami cranes to raise awareness and remember Tasmanians lost to overdose.

How to Get Involved

Reduce the stigma associated with overdose risk by learning about the support available in Tasmania.
Overdose deaths are preventable. Lets ensure all Tasmanians have access to the information they need to stay safe.
Every year paper cranes are folded during August to commemorate lives lost to overdose. It is said that every 1000 cranes grants a wish to end overdose.

Shine a Light - Talk About Overdose

Shine a Light

  • Light up the city – keep an eye out for buildings and landmarks lit up purple around the state.
  • Know the signs and risk of overdose –  it could save a life.
  • Talk about overdose with your community, helping to reduce stigma towards people who use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Help us promote International Overdose Awareness Day! 
  • Visit DEN’s website for resources.

Join the Campaign

  • Contact DEN or ATDC to organise a workshop or training session on a variety of topics.
  • Attend the International Overdose Awareness Day event in your region (South, North West & North).
  • Bring your cranes along (or learn to fold on the day) to contribute to our goal of 1000 cranes.
  • Share photos of your cranes on social media using #EndOverdose, #OverdoseAware, #IOAD2024, @OverdoseDay, @atdctas
  • Listen to our special guest speakers to learn more, and join with the community to remember those we have lost to overdose.

Shine a Light - Talk About Overdose

Fold a Crane

  • Request a pack of origami paper for your organisation to fold.
  • Display your cranes at home or in your workplace – they are a great conversation starter!
  • Hold a crane folding session with friends, family, or workmates, then save the cranes to add to bring to your closest event.
  •  Attend our online crane folding session.

Events - 2 September, 2024


Mawson’s Place


Anglicare + Salvation Army



IOAD Memories

Submit a tribute to someone through the global International Overdose Awareness Campaign.