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.

What Drives People to Use Drugs? Voice's story

“I come from an upper middle-class family,” Voices said. “I started smoking cigarettes at the age of seven, and smoking pot at nine. It was the hippie time,...

How Do You Support Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help?

Many people’s stories of addressing substance use-related challenges involve courageous conversations with their personal connections and community. These...

Responding When Someone Reaches Out

For someone experiencing mental health and substance use-related challenges, taking the step to talk about what they’re facing can feel like a huge, scary leap...

Starting a Conversation Could Save a Life

There are many faces to the overdose emergency. And they belong to people we would all recognize. More than 1450 people died of overdose in B.C. in 2017. Over...
Is it safe to try drugs

Drug Safety for Holiday Parties

Is it safe to try drugs? Is it safe to use drugs when drinking alcohol? It’s never completely safe and right now, in the middle of the worst public health...
stay safe during overdose crisis

Toxic Drug Supply: Staying Safe During the Overdose Crisis

Since January 2017, more than 2,400 British Columbians have lost their lives to overdose. They were people from communities across the province: from the coast...
How to prevent and respond to overdose

Stay Safe, Save Lives: How to Prevent and Respond to Overdose

Three to four people die of an overdose in B.C. every day. And, more than four out of five overdose deaths this year were guys. Each of these deaths is a...
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Pledge to Talk About Mental Health and Substance Use for a Chance to Win

You could win a Vancouver Canucks prize package, including four tickets to the Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers on January 16, 2019! All you need to do is make a...
Break the silence on mens mental health and substance use

Break the Silence on Men’s Mental Health and Substance Use

At least one in five British Columbians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. This number cuts across all walks of life:...
Why are so many men dying of overdose

Why Are So Many Men Dying of Overdose?

Suck it up. Tough it out. Be a man. Every guy has heard these words before – and maybe even used them. But how do they really affect the people that hear and...