Overdose Prevention Services

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If someone overdoses:

  • call 9-1-1 immediately
  • provide rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth)
  • administer naloxone 

Reduce the risk of drug use:

  • avoid using alone; fix with a friend
  • try a small amount of new drugs first
  • stagger use with friends so someone can respond if needed
  • avoid using more than one drug at a time (stacking drugs increases risk of overdoses and contributes to more severe overdoses)
  • carry and use naloxone and have an overdose response plan
  • be close to help
  • use an Overdose Prevention Service

This applies to all methods of drug consumption – injection, inhalation, snorting, smoking or consuming with alcohol.

Overdose Prevention and Supervised Consumption Services* are locations where people can use illegal drugs under supervision by trained staff. As part of healthcare services, staff in these locations monitor people who are at risk of overdose and provide rapid intervention if necessary. 

Learn more about overdose prevention at towardtheheart.com   
For more information on overdose awareness in B.C., visit stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca.


Places to go for safer drug use

Please see Overdose Prevention and Supervised Consumption Locations for a list of sites in your community.


Get Help

Find mental health and substance use health services 
Get a Take Home Naloxone kit
How to respond to an overdose 
Let's Talk: Speaking with Our Kids about Substance Use 
Compassion in Action 
Rapid Access Addiction Clinic 


Needle Disposal

Safe Needle Disposal 
Safe Needle Disposal Rack Card 
Needle Disposal Sites - Cowichan Valley

Learn more about the safe disposal of needles


Learn More

Overdose Statistics
Opioid Harm Reduction and Treatment Strategies 
Overdose Awareness in BC 
Be Drug Smart - HealthLinkBC 
TowardTheHeart
Patients Helping Patients Understand Opioid Substitution Treatment
A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorders 

Overdose Prevention Services are allowed under special Ministerial Order (Ministerial Order M488) under the Emergency Services Act. Supervised Consumption Services are approved by Health Canada for exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.


Spread the Word

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Safer Festivals

Overdose awareness at festivals toolkit 
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