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Overdose prevention & response

Overdose rates in B.C. are dramatically on the rise. In April 2016, it was declared a public health emergency. We are extremely concerned about the high number of overdoses and overdose deaths in our region and throughout the province and continue to take steps to respond. Learn about drug checking services and about opioids

Help us warn people about contaminated street drugs

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

Report bad dope

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 supervised consumption site, around other people)

  • Make a plan/know how to respond in case of an overdose

An overdose is when more drugs have been taken than the body can handle. 

 Learn the signs of an overdose

Concerned about someone?

Having courageous conversations about substance use begins by being a good listener. Learn more about how to reach out to the people you care about. 

How to have courageous conversations - BC Gov

For parents

 Letter to parents and caregivers about drug overdose
 Talking to youth about drug overdoses

For youth

 What youth need to know about drug overdoses
 Youth handout: Reduce your risk of a drug overdose


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

Muscle rigidity

Fentanyl-induced muscle rigidity, also known as "chest wall rigidity" and "wooden chest syndrome" is a complication from injecting fentanyl intravenously. The thoracic muscles become rigid, and affect breathing. It can also impact the abdominal muscles and cause them to become rigid. It makes breathing hard, but naloxone can help. Toward the Heart, part of the BC Centre for Disease Control, has created a Fentanyl-induced muscle rigidity tip sheet

Access services

Supervised consumption & overdose prevention services




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