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.
- 1371-c Cedar Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details
- 355 - 6th Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details
- 437 Wesley Street (Canadian Mental Health Association). Details
- Off Bute Street at 3699 3rd Avenue (Port Alberni Shelter Society). Details
- 919 Pandora Avenue (Our Place Society)
- 844 Johnson Street (Johnson Street Community). *Open to building residents only
- 713 Johnson Street (AIDS Vancouver Island). Details
- 535 Ellice Street at Rock Bay Landing (Victoria Cool Aid Society). Details
*Overdose Prevention Services are allowed under special Ministerial Order (Ministerial Order M488) under the Emergency Services Act.