Opioids are medications that relieve pain. When used properly, they can help. But problematic use can cause dependence, overdose and death.
Services and information
Opioids, short- and long-term effects, problematic opioid use, substance use disorder, 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.
Federal action on opioids, harm reduction, prevention, treatment, enforcement, public health emergency response.
Data, surveillance and research to help inform the government about opioid drug use and impacts.
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.
About opioid medications, their risks, and topics to discuss with your health care provider.
Initiative aimed to engage teens and young adults on the facts about opioids.
What we are doing
- The Daily: Drug overdose crisis: Socioeconomic characteristics of those dying of illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia, 2011 to 2016
- The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan improve access to treatment for people with substance use disorders
- The governments of Canada and British Columbia are providing more than $71.7 million in innovative treatment options for people with substance use disorders
- Strengthening Canada's approach to substance use issues
- Opioid Symposium-taking stock and moving forward
- National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (released September 2018)
- National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (released June 2018)
- Pan-Canadian Trends in the Prescribing of Opioids and Benzodiazepines, 2012-2017
- Assessment of the Impact of the Ontario Fentanyl Patch-for-Patch Return Program
- National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada (released March 2018)
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