BC Lions Start the Conversation on Substance Use

June 16, 2022. Article by: Government of BC

The toxic drug crisis has impacted so many—our families, our friends, and our communities have been touched. And the stigma surrounding addiction can make it hard to talk about.

The BC Lions are ready to get the conversation started. They invited the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Sheila Malcolmson, to join them for an episode of their podcast Move the Chains, where they talk through social issues facing our communities.

Join host Matt Baker, linebacker Bo Lokombo, Minister Sheila Malcolmson, Lions alum and director of community partnerships Jamie Tarras and head coach Rick Campbell as they talk about personal experiences of the toxic drug crisis and how we’re working together to make change. 

“It’s important not to assume we know what addiction looks like—it could be anyone, a family member, a co-worker, maybe even the CEO of a big company. I know how important it is to reach out, to let that person know that you care, and that they’re not alone.” ­–Bo Lokombo

The conversation touches on the importance of education, how language can make a difference and what the Government of BC is doing to reduce stigma and address the crisis.


But the conversation didn’t end there. Lions ambassadors JR LaRose and Sean Millington later sat down with HeroWork Victoria general manager Trevor Botkin to talk more about how the stigma around addiction impacts men in high-pressure, performance-based careers like sports and the trades. Trevor talks about his own personal story and how he’s working to help others.



Learn more about the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ partnership with the BC Lions.