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Behind the Numbers: Connecting Stories and Ideas on Overdose and Drug Use the Numbers: Connecting Stories and Ideas on Overdose and Drug Use<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">In 2017, more than 1,450 people in BC died of a suspected substance overdose. The BC Coroner <a href="" target="_blank">noted</a> that four out of five people were male and nine out of ten deaths occurred indoors. More than half of those deaths were in private homes. Behind these numbers, there are stories about people's lives and ideas for change.</p><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">If you work with people who use substances or just want to understand more about why people use substances alone, explore the set of tools created by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. </p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Understanding people who use substances alone </h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">The Journey Map brings together the findings about why people may use substances alone in private residences. The Journey Map helps the reader understand people's experiences, the contributing external factors, and their current strategies for staying safe when using substances. <a href="" target="_blank">Read the Journey Map.</a></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Root cause of substance use<br></h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">The Systems Map summarizes findings about the root causes of this complex problem. <a href="" target="_blank">Read the Systems Map.</a></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Reasons for using alone</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">The Stories Booklet contains 25 stories from people with lived experience and support providers. The stories explore reasons for using substances alone and ideas for change. <a href="" target="_blank">Read the Stories Booklet.</a></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Opportunities you can use<br></h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">The opportunities booklet includes over 44 opportunities that are examples of what people think would help them live healthier lives, be treated with more respect and dignity, and make change. <a href="" target="_blank">Read the Opportunities Booklet.</a><br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">For more info</h2><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">For information about overdose prevention and treatment, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <br></p><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/GettyImages-913759808.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



New life-saving technique at VGH life-saving technique at VGH2018-12-12T08:00:00Z
Behind the Numbers: Connecting Stories and Ideas on Overdose and Drug Use the Numbers: Connecting Stories and Ideas on Overdose and Drug Use2018-12-11T08:00:00Z
Flu policy for visitors in effect at all VCH facilities policy for visitors in effect at all VCH facilities2018-12-07T08:00:00Z
Winter increases risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases risk of carbon monoxide poisoning2018-12-07T08:00:00Z
Construction begins on new Sea-to-Sky hospice begins on new Sea-to-Sky hospice2018-12-06T08:00:00Z

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