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.

Share ideas on how to address substance use issues

Share Your Ideas on How to Address Substance Use Issues

Make a difference in your community and across Canada Has your life been affected by substance use? You might have experienced addiction firsthand, or seen a...
Mother and daughter who uses substances show importance of compassion

Compassion for People with Substance Dependency

Negative views about substance use is a major barrier to people asking for help, even when they need it most. These negative views can lead people who use...
Peer support worker at Our Place harm reduction society in Victoria British Columbia

Mental Health and Substance Use

When people experience mental health and substance use challenges at the same time, it’s called a concurrent disorder. Here's are ways to reach out for support...
Young man researches risk of fentanyl and substance use online

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is more toxic than most other opioids. Fentanyl is sometimes prescribed by doctors to help patients dealing with severe...
Indigenous woman discusses harm reduction

Video Series: Harm Reduction from Indigenous Perspectives

A new video series, developed by the First Nations Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health, brings together the voices of health providers, community...
Pharmacist's role in overdose crisis

Pharmacists Role in Overdose Crisis

Pharmacists are on the frontline of working with patients prescribed opioids for pain control. They also dispense prescribed opioid agonist medications to help...
Row of paper hearts symbolize connection and compassion

Overdose Awareness: The Power of Conversations

Talking about overdose could save a life. This is one of the many messages championed by International Overdose Awareness Day. On August 31, people all over...
Guy Felicella Proves Harm Reduction Saves Lives

Watch and Share: Guy Felicella Proves Harm Reduction Saves Lives

This blog and supporting video may trigger some people. If you need emotional support to deal with a concern or feeling or are looking for information on...
Help Change Mental Health and Addictions Services in BC

Help Change Mental Health and Addictions Services in B.C.

You or someone you care about will likely be affected by mental health or substance use challenges at some point in life. These issues don’t discriminate –...
Participants smile at First Nations Health Authority Wellness Team workshop

Community Connection and Harm Reduction Keep People Safe

Western approaches to substance use don’t always work for Indigenous people and communities. Indigenous harm reduction is built on the foundation that reducing...