Staying Safer This Fall
September 2, 2021. Article by: Government of B.C.
As things in B.C. shift to a “new normal” with the COVID-19 pandemic, social connections with the people in our lives are starting to increase.
Moving into fall this year, you may be returning to class or headed to work. Coming back to campus is a busy time.
You’re working hard for your weekend. It’s exciting to see friends in a social way after so long – and it’s time to celebrate in the safest way possible. With a return to social activities, some people may be trying drugs for the first time.
Toxic drugs are circulating throughout British Columbia. It’s important that you have the information to make informed decisions when it comes to using drugs and the increasingly toxic drug supply.
If you or your friends use drugs, here are ways to stay safer:
Carry naloxone and call 9-1-1 for emergency help
- Anyone can learn to use naloxone to reverse an overdose. Pick up a free naloxone kit at a site near you.
- Take free naloxone training online.
- Buddy up so you are not alone.
- Start with a low dose and go slow.
- If you suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 right away.
Know the signs of an overdose and how to respond
Get your drugs checked at an overdose prevention or supervised consumption site
- Many supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites offer drug checking services, find a site in your area.
Download and use the Lifeguard app
- Download the Lifeguard app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This life-saving app connects you to emergency responders if you become unresponsive.
If you need help, find mental health and substance use supports online.