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.
This resource kit focuses on questions, issues, and practical problems faced by parents, guardians, and loved ones of people who use drugs. Whether you have a child or loved one who is just beginning to experiment with drugs or one who has developed an addiction (also called substance use disorder), this kit should be of value to you. This kit was primarily written by parents of young people. Although there is a focus on young people and information relevant to supporting them, it is hoped that this kit will be helpful for any family member or loved one who picks it u
Fraser Health is launching a new guide to help people have a conversation that could save a life. When Words Matter is a thorough, four-page guide to talking to someone you care about when you think they are struggling with substance use. The initiative is part of a new campaign which also includes a video and advertisements informed by focus groups.
People who use drugs are real people.
Knocking down the walls of silence that keep people from talking about substance use is an important step towards addressing the opioid crisis in B.C. Recognizing that people who use drugs are real people helps to put a human face behind the numbers of so many preventable tragedies. The resources on this page include tools for how to have courageous conversations with friends and family about substance use including where to find Naloxone, harm reduction services and supports, treatment and recovery programs across B.C.
Close to Home - Families & Caregivers set priorities for addressing substance use addiction in BC
Although families of all descriptions are an extremely valuable resource in a person’s addiction care and recovery, they are too often overlooked in substance use service planning. The BCCSU Network of Family Members and Caregivers aims to address this. The Network of Family Members and Caregivers is comprised of families across British Columbia who are affected by and want to change the existing substance use system, including representatives from various support and advocacy groups.
The BC Centre on Substance Use is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction.
It is an excellent source of information on research, treatment guidelines, and training.
Opioid Dependency Program – Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services information Information on Overdose prevention, the Take Home Naloxone program and links to treatment
Information on Government of Alberta opioid emergency response strategy, including links to surveillance reports (overdose death and hospitalisation statistics), the Minister's Opioid Emergency Response Commission decisions and recommendations (MSTH Petra Schulz was appointed as a member of the commission), and drug safety information. Note: This site includes overdose prevention information in ten languages: French, Cree, Blackfoot, Chinese (2x), Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamise.
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.
Resources on opioid dependance and Naloxone distributions information.
Contact information for addiction and mental health servces in Alberta.
Provides methadone or suboxone maintenance treatment in an outpatient setting. Patients are stabilized on methadone or suboxone under close medical supervision and evaluation of response to medication.
If you are a patient seeking information about opioid dependancy treatment, please contact one of the clinics listed on this page.
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.
Pallative Manitoba Community Resource List
Teen Talk is a Youth Health Education Program of Klinic Community Health. We provide services for youth from a harm reduction, prevention education perspective. We focus on sexuality, reproductive health, body image, substance use awareness, mental health, issues of diversity and anti-violence issues. We adhere to the belief that by providing youth with accurate, non-judgmental information they can make healthier decisions and choices for themselves!
Prevention, harm reduction, treatment, enforcement and justice in more than 160 Ontario communities.
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council overdose prevention information. Resources on the Good Samaritan 911 Overdose Act.
City of Ottawa
Information on opioids, and on preventing, recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose.
Ontatrio Government Ministry of Health
The Interactive Opioid Tool allows users to explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Results can be viewed by public health unit, local health integration network, age, sex, and in some cases, drug type.
Data from the interactive tool suggests there has been a steady increase in opioid-related harms in Ontario for more than a decade. Since 2003, the number of deaths has increased 136 per cent; more than 850 Ontarians died from opioid-related causes in 2016.