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.

Watch & Share: Kirk McLean on Reaching Out for Help

Watch & Share: Travis Lulay on Having Courageous Conversations

Watch & Share Shane's Story

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.

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