What You Need to Know
Illegal drug-related overdoses and deaths are a serious concern across the country. If you or someone you love needs help, there are resources to support you.
In British Columbia, public health officials, front-line health providers, first responders, the BC Coroners Service and law enforcement are taking a comprehensive approach to address this crisis and prevent future tragedies. To find more information about the Provincial Overdose Response, click here.
An overdose might look different from one person to the next. But there are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone may have overdosed on an opioid like fentanyl or any other drug.
Call 911 if you suspect an overdose, the sooner you call the better the chance of recovery. While you’re waiting for first responders to arrive, follow SAVE ME protocol.
If you think someone may be having an overdose call 9-1-1 immediately, do not delay.
Just as each person’s life path is unique, a route that leads to problematic opioid use is also unique. Similarly, how and why a person comes to seek recovery is influenced by a variety of factors. Offering support to people deciding to seek treatment for a substance use disorder will help in their journey to healing.
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