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

About opioids, including the side effects, problematic use and overdose, and how to get help.


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

Opioid overdose

Who's at risk of an opioid overdose, signs and symptoms of an overdose, and how to respond.


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

Opioids toolkit

Get resources and help promote awareness on preventing opioid overdoses.

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

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

Talking about drugs

How to talk to your teen about drugs and the risks of using drugs, including impaired driving.

Apparent opioid-related deaths

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

Responding to Canada’s opioid crisis

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

Applying for a supervised consumption site

Requirements, guidance document and registration form related to supervised consumption sites.

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