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Overdose Prevention

A significant increase in drug-related overdoses and deaths across B.C. prompted Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to declare a public health emergency April 2016. 

If someone overdoses:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Provide rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth)
  • Administer naloxone 

The following strategies can reduce the risk:

  • 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.

Find an Overdose Prevention Service 

Overdose Prevention 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. 

Campbell River

  • 1371-c Cedar Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details

Courtenay

  • 355 - 6th Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details 

Nanaimo

  • 437 Wesley Street (Canadian Mental Health Association). Details

Port Alberni

  • Off Bute Street at 3699 3rd Avenue (Port Alberni Shelter Society). Details

Victoria

  • 919 Pandora Street (Our Place)
  • 844 Johnson Street (Johnson Street Community). *Open to building residents only
  • 713 Johnson Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details
  • 535 Ellice Street (Rock Bay Landing). Details 

*Overdose Prevention Services are allowed under special Ministerial Order (Ministerial Order M488) under the Emergency Services Act.