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.

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A New Vision for Mental Health and Addictions Care in B.C.

Mental health and substance use challenges can be complicated. They can be rooted in traumatic events. They can affect kids and adults. They can isolate people...
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Drug Checking and Staying Safe at Festivals

19% of people who died of overdose in B.C. in 2018 used drugs infrequently or recreationally. People from all walks of life are at risk of overdose, whether...
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Parents Describe Losing a Child to Substance Use

“Ryan was a little boy once,” reflects his father. “Good natured, imaginative, loved to play. He was an avid reader, loving, social and active.” Ryan died of...
645 candles each represent a person lost to overdose in BC Interior region in 2018

Candle Display Shines Light on Losses

Throughout the month of April 2019, a collection of 645 candles travelled the Interior of British Columbia – one for each person lost to drug overdose within...
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Langley Overdose Training Shows We Can All Play a R.O.L.E.

An idea is like a pebble dropped into water – it can create a ripple that has far-reaching effects. The success of a naloxone training challenge in Vernon has...
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Childhood Trauma and Substance Use

This blog may trigger some people. If you need emotional support to deal with a concern or feeling,  or are looking for information on mental health resources...
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Stepping Stones to Instability: Abuse, Addiction and Loss

When it comes to substance use, it’s important to understand the full story. Read Kendra's story to see how many factors and experiences can build up to make...
Team of office workers at a credit union smile after completing overdose prevention training

Community Challenge Promotes Overdose Awareness

A unique approach to raising awareness about the overdose emergency is making an impact in Vernon – turning naloxone training into a community challenge. “We...
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Difference Between Mental Health and Mental Illness

People are more aware now than ever before of how important it is to talk about mental health and mental illness. You might hear these terms more often. You...
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The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction

Deeply painful or disturbing experiences can have long-lasting effects on people. These imprints are known as trauma and can lead people to look for ways to...