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.

Drug alerts to reduce risk of overdose

Get Drug Alerts to Reduce Risk of Overdose

On average, four British Columbians are dying from overdose every single day because of an unregulated and highly-toxic drug supply.

Why We Need Harm Reduction Facilities

Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) and Overdose Prevention services (OPS) are evidence-based harm reduction strategies essential to our overdose crisis...
Women and substance use

Women and Substance Use: An Interview with Ann Livingston

For more than two decades, Ann Livingston has worked tirelessly to promote harm reduction and the rights of people who use drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown...

How Injury and Tragedy led to Substance Use

“I was working in the automotive industry; about 1,500 guys were working there all at once,” says John. “When you have that many guys, something’s going to be...
The memorial displays brightly-coloured flags with names of people who have died of overdose

Overdose Memorial Spreads Message of Hope

A powerful symbol of the scale of B.C.’s overdose emergency extends along a stretch of highway on Vancouver Island. It includes almost four thousand pieces of...
Fight stigma and prevent overdose

Nelson Comes Together to Fight Stigma and Overdose

Anyone can be affected by addiction and the overdose crisis – a fact poignantly brought to light in a new video series created by ANKORS, a group dedicated to...
Dealing with Grief and Loss from Substance Use

Dealing with Grief and Loss from Substance Use

“We grieve intensely because we love intensely.” Losing someone to substance use is a deeply traumatic and painful experience. It can leave you with many...
How to dispose of a needle

How to Dispose of a Needle Safely

Have you ever found a discarded needle in your community or a public area? This can be a distressing experience, especially if you don’t know what to do. In...
What drive people to use drugs

What Drives People to Use Drugs? Voices' Story

“I come from an upper middle-class family,” Voices said. “I started smoking cigarettes at the age of seven, and smoking pot at nine. It was the hippie time,...
How do you support someone who doesn't want help

How Do You Support Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help?

Many people’s stories of addressing substance use-related challenges involve courageous conversations with their personal connections and community. These...