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.

Smiling male youths support each other to reduce risks of substance use

Using Substances? Look Out for Yourself and Your Friends

“A close friend of mine overdosed and died. We always think, is this the batch that could kill us?” Axe, Behind the Numbers project. People have always...
Men in support group talk about experiences positively and openly

What is a Peer Support Worker?

Peer support workers play an essential role in supporting people with substance use related challenges. They offer judgement-free care and personal connection...
Man in logistics company office with naloxone kit on desk researches harm reduction

How Many Deaths Have Been Prevented by Harm Reduction?

Researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control found that harm reduction services may have stopped more than 3,000 overdose deaths (PDF) in B.C. between...
Path through the vibrant green forest

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...
Male comforts female partner by holding hands following loss of a child

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...
Group of bylaw officers and office workers smile after completing overdose prevention training

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...
Woman looking at smartphone comforted by positive messages on social media

Talking About Substance Use and Addiction Online

Language changes as our understanding of things grows. The more we understand something, the more we need language to evolve to reflect our growing knowledge...
Woman supports teenage boy to discuss traumatic past experiences

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...