Recognizing the risks and signs of an overdose and knowing how to respond can save lives. Learn how and when to use naloxone, receive tips on talking honestly and openly with loved ones, and find supervised consumption and overdose prevention services in your community.

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People who use substances alone are more at risk of dying of an overdose. Health outcomes for those who experience an overdose are much better when someone calls 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. If you suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately and administer naloxone.

Naloxone Saves Lives

Know the Risks and Signs of an Overdose

Opioids are most often prescribed for pain relief. However, highly-toxic synthetic opioids have now been found in samples of all illegal drugs except cannabis.

Naloxone is a medication that can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl, carfentanil, and codeine.

Learn where to get it, and how to use it.

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Not moving and can't be woken.

Not moving and can't be woken.

Slow or not breathing

Slow or not breathing

Blue lips and nails

Blue lips and nails

Choking, gurgling sounds or snoring

Choking, gurgling sounds or snoring

Cold or clammy skin

Cold or clammy skin

Tiny pupils

Tiny pupils

Learn How to Respond to an Overdose

Stimulate unresponsive? Call 911

Stimulate unresponsive? Call 911

Airway check and open

Airway check and open

Ventilate 1 breath every 5 seconds

Ventilate 1 breath every 5 seconds

Evaluate breathing?

Evaluate breathing?

Medication 1ml of naloxone

Medication 1ml of naloxone

Evaluate & support another dose?

Evaluate & support another dose?

Supervised Consumption, Overdose Prevention & Drug Checking Services

Harm reduction is a pragmatic response that focuses on keeping people safe. The approach aims to minimize death, disease and injury associated with higher risk behaviour. Harm reduction also recognizes that the behaviour may continue despite the risks. In B.C. the following strategies have been put in place to help to prevent and respond to overdoses.

Talking to Youth

Parents can play a key role in teaching their children about substance use by talking honestly and openly about the effects of substances and offering clear and simple answers to the tough questions.

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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

Learn more about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act and what legal protection it can provide you when you call 9-1-1 to report an overdose.

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