Opioids are medications that relieve pain. When used properly, they can help. But when misused, they can cause addiction, overdose and death.

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About opioids

About opioids including the effect, risks of abuse or misuse and how to prevent abuse.


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

Opioid overdose

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


Fentanyl is a powerful prescription painkiller about 100 X more toxic than morphine.

Talking about drugs

How to talk to your teen about drugs, risks of using drugs, driving under the influence and reasons to say no.

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

How the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects those who help save a life during an overdose situation.

Responding to Canada’s opioid crisis

A response that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based.

Apparent opioid-related deaths (2016)

Rates from across the provinces and territories of apparent opioid-related deaths.

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