How to Get Involved & Help Stop Overdose in B.C.

February 26, 2018. Article by: Government of B.C.

As the #StopOverdoseBC campaign reaches more British Columbians, people are asking how they can get involved but don’t know how or where to begin.

There are some concrete actions people can take to help stop overdoses and support those who are impacted by the overdose crisis:

  • Get involved in the conversation about overdose prevention. Go online and search #StopOverdose
     
  • Realize that words matter – strive to use respectful and caring language that is free of shame, stigma and judgement
     
  • Reach out to your elected officials and health authorities; find out how they are working together with the community on overdose prevention and response plans
     
  • Learn about:
    • Immediate access to regulated opioids for people who use drugs – the illegal market is toxic
       
    • Immediate and robust expansion of opioid substitution therapy options such as injectable hydromorphone, suboxone and methadone treatment
       
    • How to get naloxone and use it to help save someone who might be suffering from an overdose
       
  • Think about your own biases toward people who use substances. Remember, drug use is a health issue, not a moral issue
     
  • Get informed about supervised consumption, overdose prevention, and drug checking services
     
  • Watch, read and share stories about real people who have been impacted by experiences of problematic substance use. Their powerful first-hand accounts place a human face on the overdose crisis, fostering caring and compassion
     
  • Share this site with as many people as possible

 

Helping the Helpers

There are many people who are working tirelessly on the frontlines of the overdose crisis who are in need of compassion and support. We call these people ‘change-makers’ – paramedics, fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, health care and harm reduction workers who have saved thousands of lives working tirelessly to stop overdoses and save lives.

Taking the time to thank and acknowledge these change-makers, and comfort friends and family members who are experiencing loss and grief can go a long way.