Resources

SOS Magazine

Learn to recognize and respond to an overdose

Harvard, 2017

Learn about the opioid epidemic in the United States, including information about treatment and recovery from opioid addiction.

BC Ministry of Health
Hope and Healing Resource Pamphlet
Research evidence has shown that there are similarities between the difficulties loved ones face when someone dies due to substance use and death by suicide.
This document from the is intended for the loved ones of individuals who died by suicide. However, the pamphlet includes helpful information that could also guide families who mourn a loved one due to substance use.

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.

Overall Summary
In 2016,

  • available preliminary data indicate that there were 2458 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada, although this figure may change as more updated data become available
  • based on this count, the apparent opioid-related death rate in Canada was 8.8 per 100,000 population
  • these data indicate that Western Canada experienced the highest rates, with apparent opioid-related death rates of over 10.0 per 100,000 population for Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta