BALLARAT residents are being asked to come out and support the first walk to mark Intentional Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday.
Ballarat Community Health mobile safety worker, Bee Brown, said research conducted by Anex showed that alcohol was often overlooked as a cause of overdose.
"I have been at the Ballarat Community Health for eight years and I have seen survivors of overdoses," Ms Brown said.
"There were cases of heroin and other drugs but alcohol was the most common."
Ms Brown said there were plans to make the walk an annual event.
"I think it is an important day to start taking part in and we are planing to making it annual event," she said.
"We are inviting all Ballarat to join in and support the cause."
International Overdose Awareness Day is organised by Anex, a not-for-profit organisation.
It was established in 1995, dedicated to reducing the harms associated with drug use, including injecting drug use, alcohol misuse, and pharmaceutical substance misuse.
Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001.
On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost.
The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.
Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand that fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society.
The day also serves as a warning that not only illicit drugs can be dangerous and no-one is immune to overdose.
With the number of fatalities from prescription drugs growing, August 31 is also a chance to see that medicines are not always our friends.
Painkillers and other pharmacy drugs play an important medical role but their careless use can have tragic long-term consequences.
International Overdose Awareness Day walk will be held on August 31 at 2pm, at Lake Wendouree BBQ Rotunda across from the War Memorial.
For more information contact Bee Brown on 0409 792 214.