Overdose Prevention
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Take Home Naloxone (THN)

Take Home Naloxone (THN): Information for current and prospective Take Home Naloxone sites - how to become a Take Home Naloxone site, training materials, order forms and more. 

Facility Overdose Response Box (FORB)

Facility Overdose Response Box (FORB): Information for current and prospective FORB sites – registration information, training, policy and supply ordering

Overdose Prevention Sites

Information for current and prospective overdose prevention sites.

Drug Alerts

Community agencies have a role to play in communicating drug alerts. A drug alert should be considered when there is evidence to suggest that a cluster of overdoses/increased overdose trend or other harmful and atypical responses to a substance has been linked to this activity. It is important that these incidents are reported to the health authority for further review and follow up.
 
If community agencies have concerns regarding an overdose risk in their community they should contact their harm reduction coordinator during regular business hours. After hours, please contact the Medical Health Officers on call.
 
Regular business hours: (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Contact the harm reduction program.
 
After hours: Contact the Medical Health Officer on call.
 
If a community agency wishes to issue a drug alert, it is important that best practices are followed.
 
Recommendations for Communicating Drug Alerts: Care must be taken when advising substance using populations about the dangers of adulterants or changes in potency of street drugs. The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed recommendations based on consultation with people who use drugs and health service providers.
 
Template for Communicating Drug Alerts: Use this template to create an alert poster. Be sure to follow the recommendations above.
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