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Overdose prevention & response

Help us warn people about contaminated street drugs.

Click the button below to fill out an anonymous form. For emergencies call 9-1-1.

Recognize an overdose

An overdose is when more drugs have been taken than the body can handle. Learn the signs of an overdose.

Prevent an overdose

Follow these tips to reduce the chance of experiencing an overdose:
  • Don’t use alone
  • Start with a small amount
  • Mixing substances, including alcohol, increases risk of overdose
  • Use where help is easily available (e.g. Insite, around other people)
  • Make a plan/know how to respond in case of an overdose

Drug overdose info for parents & youth

Reduce your risk of a drug overdose 

Reverse an overdose with take-home naloxone

Unintentional deaths and injury from opioid overdose are preventable with overdose and naloxone education. Naloxone can quickly reverse an overdose. People can be trained to recognize and respond to an overdose by using a free take home naloxone kit. The training is free and takes 20 minutes. Find the nearest Take Home Naloxone site in the VCH area with the map below. For sites across BC visit Toward the Heart - Site Locator

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How to use naloxone

Watch this video from Toward the Heart about how to use naloxone.

How to use naloxone to reverse a drug overdose

Map of overdose prevention site & supervised injection services available in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside


Read the latest overdose statistics & VCH actions to address the crisis.

Overdose statistics 

View the VCH overdose surveillance updates.

Vancouver Coastal Health substance use services

Access substance use services available to you.

Opioid addiction & treatment resources for health professionals

Visit the Opioid addiction & treatment page to find the overdose prevention checklist for service providers and the guideline for the treatment of opioid addiction for physicians.

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