Opioids are medications that relieve pain. When used properly, they can help. But problematic use can cause dependence, overdose and death.

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About opioids

Opioids, short- and long-term effects, problematic opioid use, substance use disorder, overdose.

Opioid overdose

Opioid overdose risks and signs, and how to respond to an overdose situation.


How to use naloxone to treat an opioid overdose and where to obtain a naloxone kit.

Stigma around substance use

Stereotyping, prejudice, judging, social stigma, internalizing, ending stigma, barriers.

Responding to Canada's opioid crisis

Federal action on opioids, harm reduction, prevention, treatment, enforcement, national public health crisis response.

Data, surveillance and research on opioids and other substances

Data, surveillance and research to help inform the government about opioid drug use and impacts.

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act


Learn about fentanyl, why it can be dangerous, and what to do in the case of an overdose.

Talking to your health care provider about opioids

About opioid medications, their risks, and topics to discuss with your health care provider.

Know More: Opioid public awareness

Initiative aimed to engage teens and young adults on the facts about opioids.

Talking about drugs

Information on drug-related harms and how to talk to your teen about the risks.

Opioids - Get the facts

What is the opioid crisis? Quick stats on the opioid crisis. What are opioids exactly? How to respond to an overdose.

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