Overdose Prevention & Response
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​Overdoses from opioid drugs (drugs like heroin, methadone, morphine, and fentanyl) have been on the rise in B.C. Opioid overdoses are very serious and can result in death. If you or someone you know is using drugs, it is important to know the signs of an overdose and what you can do to prevent it. The following tips can help reduce the risk of overdose.  

  1. Don’t use alone - tell a buddy who can call for help
  2. Test by using a small amount first, then go slow
  3. Don’t mix alcohol with other drugs
  4. Make sure you have a Naloxone kit on hand – be prepared!
  5. Call 911 immediately if something doesn’t feel right – the Good Samaritan Act protects you. 
  6. Give rescue breaths and Naloxone if someone has decreased breathing or other signs of an overdose. 
  7. Use the services available at a supervised consumption site or overdose prevention site, if available.
  8. Check your drugs before using - if available near you. Visit www.drugchecking.ca for more information and locations.  

Overdose recognition  

Signs of an overdose from opioids include:

  • Slow or no breathing
  • Person may be gurgling or snoring
  • Lips and nails are blue
  • Person won’t wake up

If you suspect an overdose call 911 immediately.


Naloxone is a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of opioid drugs. The BC Take Home Naloxone Program  provides naloxone kits and training at no cost to people who are most likely to witness and respond to an overdose.

The Take Home Naloxone program is available at health centres, community agencies and pharmacies across Interior Health. Find a site near you

Supervised consumption/overdose prevention sites

Supervised consumption services provide a safe, clean space for a person to use substances under the supervision of a health care professional and to engage in health and social services.

Reduce the risk of overdose and use the services available at a supervised consumption site or overdose prevention site, if available. 

Learn more about the benefits of a supervised consumption site.

More about B.C.’s Overdose Emergency


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