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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Stories of Recovery

Mental health and substance use challenges can be different for everyone. How these challenges start, the way people experience them, and the pathways people...

Common Types of Opioids

Opioids are a group of substances with pain-relieving properties. They come in many different types, strengths, and forms and are mostly prescribed by doctors...
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From Substance Use and Self-Medicating to Treatment and Community

Drugs were always in the background when Bryan was growing up. His mother experienced substance use challenges, and Bryan first tried drugs at a young age,...

Youth and Substance Use: Getting Help Early at Foundry

Many people experiment with using substances early in life – in fact, youth ages 15-24 use unregulated substances more than any other age group in Canada....

Mental Health in the Workplace

With most adults spending more time at work than anywhere else, it should be no surprise that our jobs have a big impact on our mental health. Our work...
Vancouver Coastal Health Overdose Outreach Team

Vancouver Coastal Health Overdose Outreach Team Connects People to Care

A small but mighty team is working tirelessly to protect people from overdose in the Vancouver region, touching countless lives in the process. The Vancouver...

Benzos and Overdose: Be Aware of the Risks and Signs

Since the overdose emergency was declared in B.C. in 2016, most overdose deaths have been linked to fentanyl – a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more toxic...
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Supporting Local Solutions to the Overdose Crisis

The overdose crisis affects people from all walks of life in every community across B.C. We can all be part of solutions that can help save lives and improve...

Cycling for Hope: Tyler Waddell Crosses BC for Mental Health

Tyler Waddell is in Whitehorse, where he should be getting some well-deserved rest. Instead, he’s excited to talk about an inspirational journey that has taken...
Two women talk openly following relapse

What To Do After a Relapse

Relapses can occur when recovering from many chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. This also includes substance use disorders...