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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Why Are So Many Men Dying of Overdose?

Over 4,000 British Columbians have died of overdose since the start of 2016. More than 80% of people that died were men, mostly aged between 30-59. There are...
Person calls emergency service to respond to an overdose

What is the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act?

Seconds matter when someone is overdosing. The first step in responding to an overdose is calling 9-1-1. But when grappling with the fear of being arrested,...
Young woman with naloxone kit prepared to respond to an overdose

Overdose Prevention in Rural Communities

It isn’t just people living in cities affected by the overdose crisis. People in rural communities across BC are affected, too.
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There is a Story Behind Every Statistic

“Our son died in April 2017. He was 1 out of 123 overdose deaths that month. But we don’t want him to be a number.” - Parents of Ryan.  In 2017, 1,451 people...
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...
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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...
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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...