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  • Drug Checking

  • Supervised Consumption & Overdose Prevention Sites

  • Harm Reduction Supplies & Needle Distribution Sites

  • Vancouver Needle Distribution and Recovery Van

  • Overdose Outreach Team

  • Vancouver Junction

Keeping individuals and communities safe and healthy by preventing infections, illness and injury related to drug use and sexual practices

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) harm reduction services are a part of a comprehensive public health and addictions program that includes both prevention and treatment. Harm reduction services provide supplies for safer drug injection (needles), safer smoking (mouthpieces, push sticks) and safer sex (condoms).

The VCH Overdose Emergency Response Team

We are a team of nurses, peers and allied health professionals providing training and support in response to the toxic drug poisoning crisis across the VCH region. 

We provide training, support and resources to community agencies and health care providers across the VCH region in:

  • Overdose prevention and response (including Naloxone);
  • Decriminalization of substances for personal use;
  • Harm reduction, stigma, engaging with people who use substances;
  • Clinical Support for Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) and Overdose Prevention Sites and Services (OPS) in the community.

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Resources for health professionals and service providers

Visit our substance use and harm reduction resources for health professionals and service providers for specific resources and training for all frontline staff and health professionals.

More about harm reduction

Used needles and condoms

Making spaces safer for people who use drugs

Substance use & harm reduction resources for health professionals & service providers

Overdose response, Naloxone & training

Decriminalization of controlled substances for personal use

Overdose surveillance

Information about opioids

Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

Insite user statistics