On this site BC Health provides information on Fentanyl, Naloxone, tips on preventing overdose, and recognizing and responding to an overdose, as well as section with information for parents.
BC Health Link - Information and useful links on staying safe around drugs.
An Agency of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority.
This BC Government website offers information about overdose prevention and response, drug safety, and on Naloxone, including excellent awareness materials and videos.
Naloxone without prescription in BC.
This page by the College of Pharmacists of BC provides information on Naloxone for pharmacists and patients.
Heretohelp is a website of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
Information on the provincial harm reduction program by the BC Centre for Disease Control.
The BC-IYSI is a provincial movement of community agencies, government, donors, young people and families coming together to transform systems. Currently, the BC-IYSI involves over 70 partnerships across the province dedicated to empowering our young people. Together, we will change the way young people access health and social services across British Columbia.
British Columbia Centre on Substance Use & the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, 2017.
Until June 5, 2017, this guideline is provided for educational purposes. After June 5, 2017, this guideline will become the guideline for the province of British Columbia.
It’s important that youth rely on accurate information: not just what they may hear in the media or by word-of-mouth. It is critical they understand that overdoses do not discriminate. With any drug use, serious harm or death is a very real possibility every time.
Research shows that youth engage in less substance use when they have higher self-esteem, supportive relationships with adults (e.g., parents, teachers, family members and other professionals) and positive role models. Talk respectfully with the youth in your life about the facts and risks of using substances in a non-judgemental and sensitive way.
Centre for Addictions Research of BC, 2017
This booklet talks about opioid substitution treatment (OST) – medication-assisted treatment with methadone or Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone). This handbook has been written by a group of patients in British Columbia, who all have long experience with medication-assisted treatments for opioid dependence. People dependent on opioid drugs and not receiving opioid substitution treatment (OST) are many times more likely to die or be seriously harmed by problem drug use
Northern Health, 2017
Stigma against people who use drugs results in discrimination, impacts health, and contributes to overdoses. Sharing stories of people who use drugs can reduce stigma.
The Stop Stigma. Save Lives. project shares the words of 12 people with firsthand or family experiences of drug use. Through these stories, we hope to build compassion, encourage empathy, and contribute to a community that treats all people with dignity and respect. We thank all of the participants for their courage and willingness to share their stories.
Opioid Dependency Program – Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health information page in Fentanyl
Information on addiction support groups in Alberta
The AMSISE plan is to integrate medically supervised injection services into three existing organizations that already serve people with substance use issues who are usually homeless: Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and George Spady Society; and a hospital for in-patients only. The model is not a storefront, stand-alone facility. Rather, it adds one more health service to reduce harm and connect individuals with social supports, primary health care, counselling and addiction treatment programs.
Clinics for Opioid Dependance
Resources on opioid dependance and Naloxone distributions information.
Alberta Health Services, 2017
This document from the is intended for the loved ones of individuals who died by suicide and while it is written with the input and for indigenous people, the document includes helpful information that could also guide any family who mourns a loved one due to substance use.
Contact information for addiction and mental health servces in Alberta.
A wide range of services, supports, and education materials are available to assist people who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues in Saskatchewan.
AFM is a Crown agency that is committed to being a foundation of excellence in providing addictions services and supporting healthy behaviours. The foundation provides resources and offers workshops and services.
Offers a help-line, drop-in services and links to other resources. The site offers a survey to help you determine who to contact.
Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdose caused by opioids. It does not work on overdose caused by other drugs. It can be given by paramedics and hospital staff, but these health care providers are usually not present during an overdose event. The purpose of a take-home-naloxone program is to get naloxone into the hands of people who ARE there during an opioid overdose, namely - people who use opioid drugs. Manitoba's take-home-naloxone program is designed to serve people who inject opioid drugs.
Prevention, harm reduction, treatment, enforcement and justice in more than 160 Ontario communities.
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network April 2017
This report describes trends in opioid-related deaths, the opioids involved in each death, and the characteristics of individuals who died of an opioidrelated cause in Ontario up to the end of 2015.