Negative words can be hurtful – they create isolation and prevent people with substance use disorders from getting the help they need. Instead, we can all create a society of understanding and promote well-being to reduce overdose harms. By putting people first and using language that is about the medical nature of a substance use disorder as opposed to a moral failing, we can help to reduce overdose and to promote recovery. Sharing the stories of real people who have lived through these experiences - parents, children and friends who have struggled with addiction - is a powerful way to foster caring and compassion.
Build Trust, Save Lives
Health authorities around the province are working to increase compassion and prevent overdoses by highlighting powerful stories about the impact of negative stereotypes.
First Nations Health Authority: Drug Use is Health Issue, Not a Moral Issue
A message by Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority.
Northern Health: Stop Stigma, Save Lives
Read stories from people with lived experience to gain more insight into the lives of those affected to help contribute to a society where all people live with dignity and respect.
Fraser Health: Compassion Matters
Fraser Health has created a series of stories about how compassion has positively influenced people who have been impacted by the overdose crisis.
Island Health: Compassion as a Guiding Action
Compassionate response to substance use opens doors by encouraging acceptance and safety.
First Nations Health Authority: Embracing the Grey Area: Harm Reduction in a Community Context
Partner with Us
Let's work together to stop overdoses and save lives.
The overdose crisis impacts all of us. That’s why we’re working with diverse partners across the province to reduce stigma, raise awareness and promote compassion and respect in response to this public health emergency. Read more about these partnerships here.
Contact us if your organization, business or community agency wants to get involved.