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.


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

Responding to Canada’s opioid crisis

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

Opioids data, surveillance and research

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


Fentanyl facts, nicknames, overdose signs and symptoms, tips for speaking with youth.

Talking to your healthcare provider about opioids

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

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