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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What Does Recovery From Addiction Look Like?

Everyone’s pathway to healing and recovery is different. People can use many different services – professional treatment, harm reduction, peer groups and other...
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Six things to do this International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Day – a day to recognize the impact of overdose in our communities and to remember those who have been lost. Here are six...
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You Don't Have to Face Chronic Pain Alone

Since the overdose emergency was declared in April 2016, it’s been found that people who overdose in B.C. are twice as likely to be dealing with chronic pain...

New Resources in Punjabi, Simplified and Traditional Chinese

3-4 people die of drug overdose every day in BC. Most die alone, because they kept their drug use hidden from the people closest to them. There are supports,...
Smiling male youths support each other to reduce risks of substance use

Using Substances? Look Out for Yourself and Your Friends

“A close friend of mine overdosed and died. We always think, is this the batch that could kill us?” Axe, Behind the Numbers project. People have always...
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What is a Peer Support Worker?

Peer support workers play an essential role in supporting people with substance use related challenges. They offer judgement-free care and personal connection...
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How Many Deaths Have Been Prevented by Harm Reduction?

Researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control found that harm reduction services may have stopped more than 3,000 overdose deaths (PDF) in B.C. between...
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A New Vision for Mental Health and Addictions Care in B.C.

Mental health and substance use challenges can be complicated. They can be rooted in traumatic events. They can affect kids and adults. They can isolate people...
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Drug Checking and Staying Safe at Festivals

19% of people who died of overdose in B.C. in 2018 used drugs infrequently or recreationally. People from all walks of life are at risk of overdose, whether...
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Parents Describe Losing a Child to Substance Use

“Ryan was a little boy once,” reflects his father. “Good natured, imaginative, loved to play. He was an avid reader, loving, social and active.” Ryan died of...