Hear from everyday change-makers who are working to stop overdoses. Learn from those who are helping to put a human face on the overdose crisis in our province. Powerful stories that can help others heal, provide hope and remind us of our humanity. Share these stories with others and get involved in your community. Together we can build greater awareness about overdose.

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Childhood Trauma and Substance Use

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – such as abuse, neglect or domestic violence – can have harmful effects on a person’s physical and emotional health....
Stepping stones to instability: abuse, addiction and loss

Stepping Stones to Instability: Abuse, Addiction and Loss

When it comes to substance use, it’s important to understand the full story. Read Kendra's story to see how many factors and experiences can build up to make...

Community Challenge Promotes Overdose Awareness

A unique approach to raising awareness about the overdose emergency is making an impact in Vernon – turning naloxone training into a community challenge. “We...
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Difference Between Mental Health and Mental Illness

People are more aware now than ever before of how important it is to talk about mental health and mental illness. You might hear these terms more often. You...
Connection between trauma and addiction

The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction

Deeply painful or disturbing experiences can have long-lasting effects on people. These imprints are known as trauma and can lead people to look for ways to...
What is opioid agonist treatment

What is Opioid Agonist Treatment?

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a medical condition that can be treated. Opioid agonist treatment (OAT) is usualy the first medication a healthcare professional...
Drug alerts to reduce risk of overdose

Get Drug Alerts to Reduce Risk of Overdose

On average, four British Columbians are dying from overdose every single day because of an unregulated and highly-toxic drug supply.

Why We Need Harm Reduction Facilities

Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) and Overdose Prevention services (OPS) are evidence-based harm reduction strategies essential to our overdose crisis...
Women and substance use

Women and Substance Use: An Interview with Ann Livingston

For more than two decades, Ann Livingston has worked tirelessly to promote harm reduction and the rights of people who use drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown...

How Injury and Tragedy led to Substance Use

“I was working in the automotive industry; about 1,500 guys were working there all at once,” says John. “When you have that many guys, something’s going to be...