Overdose Alerts

An overdose alert (drug poisoning) is in effect across BC, and in some of our Island Health communities.

Learn more:

June 2 – Vancouver Island alert
May 21 – Provincial alert

Please follow these tips for safer drug use:

  1. Buddy up when you’re using. Using with a buddy is safer than using alone. Stay two metres or six feet away from your buddy to avoid COVID-19 infection. 
  2. Use naloxone if you have it. Timely response to an overdose includes calling 9-1-1, administering naloxone, and providing ventilations.
  3. Visit your local overdose prevention or supervised consumption service whenever possible. 
  4. Start low and go slow. Split your doses or use less if you are feeling unwell to prevent overdoses. 
  5. Avoid sharing supplies, such as cigarettes, joints, pipes, injecting equipment and other supplies. If you have to share, wipe pipes with alcohol wipes or use new mouthpieces.
  6. Ask about medication options. Contact your doctor or nurse practitioner, local mental health and substance use team, or call 8-1-1 to learn about medications to reduce your risk of overdose, prevent withdrawal and avoid COVID-19 infection. 

Fentanyl and other opioids can slow a person's breathing rate, so COVID-19 may increase the risk of overdose death from opioids. COVID-19 is a virus that can cause a respiratory infection and other health problems.

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