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.

Man with lived experience of substance use looks emotional as he discusses stigma

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...
Woman embraces person dealing with grief and loss as a result of 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...
Person disposes of discarded needle safely by placing into plastic bottle

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...
Row of hard hats at construction site with crane in background

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,...
Two men talk openly and honestly about substance use and addiction

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...
Two people have coffee and discuss substance use and addiction

Responding When Someone Reaches Out

For someone experiencing mental health and substance use-related challenges, taking the step to talk about what they’re facing can feel like a huge, scary leap...
Two young men sat on a bench near a lake talking about substance use

Starting a Conversation Could Save a Life

There are many faces to the overdose emergency. And they belong to people we would all recognize. More than 1450 people died of overdose in B.C. in 2017. Over...
Young people celebrating at an outdoor party

Drug Safety for Holiday Parties

Is it safe to try drugs? Is it safe to use drugs when drinking alcohol? It’s never completely safe and right now, in the middle of the worst public health...
Kirk McLean from Vancouver Canucks discusses overdose awareness

Toxic Drug Supply: Staying Safe During the Overdose Crisis

Since January 2017, more than 3,700 British Columbians have lost their lives to overdose. They were people from communities across the province: from the coast...
Geroy Simon from BC Lions discusses how to prevent and respond to an overdose

Stay Safe, Save Lives: How to Prevent and Respond to Overdose

Three to four people die of an overdose in B.C. every day. And, more than four out of five overdose deaths this year were guys. Each of these deaths is a...