Awareness resources for opioids

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Opioids 101
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Video End stigma campaign Stigma matters because it can prevent people who use drugs from getting help. People who are stigmatised often feel ashamed, alone and judged. Together we can help end stigma. 2019-01-21 MP4
Video Opioid Awareness Campaign Opioids prescribed for pain, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, can lead to overdose and death if used improperly. 2018-11-19 MP4
Video Good Samaritan Law Stay until help arrives. The Good Samaritan Law can protect you. 2019-10-05 MP4
Opioid fact sheets
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Fact sheet Canada’s Opioid Crisis This fact sheet provides information about Canada’s opioid crisis and actions taken by the Government of Canada to address this crisis. March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Opioids: What Are They? This fact sheet provides information on what opioids are, the difference between legal and illegal opioids and what you should do if you are prescribed an opioid. March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Opioid Overdoses: What To Do This fact sheet explains how opioids can cause an overdose and how to protect yourself from one. It also provides information on what to do if you witness or suspect an overdose (call, stay and help). March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Naloxone: Save a Life This fact sheet provides information on naloxone and how it can save a life during an opioid overdose. March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Problematic Opioid Use This fact sheet provides information on problematic opioid use and how to get help. March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Stigma: Why Words Matter This fact sheet provides information on stigma, why our words matter and how stigma can affect people who use opioids. March 2019 PDF
Fact sheet Talking to Your Health Care Provider About Opioids This fact sheet provides information that can help when talking to a health care provider about opioids. March 2019 PDF
Overdose prevention and stigma
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Poster End stigma: Poster This poster can be ordered or printed. It can be displayed at public events or within the community to broaden awareness and help reduce stigma. 2019-06-21 PDF
Poster End stigma (friend): Poster This poster can be ordered or printed. It can be displayed at public events or within the community to help broaden awareness and reduce stigma. 2019-06-21 PDF
Poster End stigma (parent): Poster This poster can be ordered or printed. It can be displayed at public events or within the community to broaden awareness and help reduce stigma. 2019-06-21 PDF
Poster End stigma (wife): Poster This poster can be ordered or printed. It can be displayed at public events or within the community to help broaden awareness and reduce stigma. 2019-06-21 PDF
Video CPhA Administering Naloxone Nasal Spray

Learn how to administer naloxone nasal spray in a few simple steps in this video.

This video was produced by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in partnership with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Its goal is to teach patients and members of the community how to use naloxone nasal spray. The video is meant to be shared with patients as an extra tool for preventing overdose deaths.

2017-03-24 MP4
Video CPhA Naloxone Injection Delivery Learn how to administer a naloxone injection in a few simple steps in this video.

This video was produced by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in partnership with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Its goal is to teach patients and members of the community the steps of giving a naloxone injection. The video is meant to be shared with patients as an extra tool for preventing overdose deaths.
2016-11-14 MP4
PDF Changing how we talk about substance use The negative impacts of stigma can be reduced by changing the language we use about substance use. Here are some suggested ways to help reduce stigma in our everyday conversation. 2018 PDF, 95 K
Wallet Cards Opioid overdose: Wallet card This wallet card can be printed or ordered. It can increase awareness of the symptoms of an opioid overdose, the steps to take to save a life, and protections provided by the Good Samaritan law. 2018-04-06 PDF, 204 K
Poster Opioid overdose: poster This poster can be printed and displayed at public events or within the community. It can increase awareness of the symptoms of an opioid overdose and the steps to take to save a life. 2018 PDF, 1074 K
Mirror cling Know More: Suspect an overdose? This mirror cling features the signs of an opioid overdose and information on Canada's Good Samaritan law. 2018 PDF
Mirror cling Know More: Infographic This mirror cling is intended to increase awareness of the dangers of opioids and the crisis in Canada. 2019 PDF
Poster Know More: It can happen to anyone This poster can help educate youth about the dangers of problematic substance use. 2018 PDF
Poster Know More: Can you see the difference? This poster is intended to increase awareness of the dangers of fentanyl. 2018 PDF
Poster Know More: Your first time could be your last time This poster is intended to increase awareness of the dangers of fentanyl and opioid overdoses. 2018 PDF
Poster Know More: There’s power in numbers This poster features the signs of an opioid overdose and information on Canada’s Good Samaritan law. 2018 PDF
Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Poster Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act: poster This poster can be printed on letter sized paper or scaled to print larger. It tells Canadians what to do in the case of an opioid overdose and where to get information on the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. 2018 PDF, 576 K
Lived experience
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Video Meagan's Story Hear Meagan's story about how her prescription drug use quickly turned into an unshakeable problematic substance use. Also find out how she got treatment. 2017-06-30 MP4
Video Tom's Story Discover Tom's story about his dependence on painkillers, how it took over his life and how treatment helped. 2015-05-22 MP4
Video Jordan's Story Listen to Jordan's story and how his dependence on pain medication led to tragedy. 2015-05-22 MP4
Video Karlee's Story Listen to Karlee's story about problematic prescription drug use, its negative effects on her life and how she recovered. 2015-05-22 MP4
Video Etienne's Story Listen to Étienne's story about how his problematic prescription drug use took over his life, and how therapy helped him recover. 2016-11-14 MP4
Video Marie-Louise's Story Listen to Marie-Louise's story about how one pill to help her sleep led to 6 years of problematic prescription drug use, and even jail. Also find out how she got help and recovered. 2016-11-14 MP4
Video Kristina's Story Discover Kristina's story. She is a registered practical nurse who specializes in drug treatment. Every day she sees people suffering the effects of problematic opiate use. She wants anyone suffering with a problematic substance use to know that there are options, and there are really good people out there to help. 2016-11-14 MP4
Video Samuel's Story Hear Samuel's story about his problematic substance use, especially opioids, the negative effects it had on his health and life in general, and how he recovered. 2016-11-14 MP4
Data and surveillance
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Infographic Results of the Survey on Opioid Awareness, November 2017 This infographic shows the results of Statistics Canada’s 2017 Survey on Opioid Awareness. 2018-01-09 JPG
Video Health Canada's Drug Analysis Service Laboratories Health Canada's Drug Analysis Service Labs analyze illegal drugs seized by law enforcement agencies. 2017-10-25 MP4
Government of Canada actions
Type Title Description Published Date Format
PDF Federal Actions on Opioids – Overview This overview identifies the actions taken by the Government of Canada since early 2016 to address the opioid crisis. It also provides a national picture of the public health impact of opioids in Canada. 2019-06-13 PDF, 191 KB
Poster/ PDF Federal approach on Canada's opioid crisis This infographic shows the actions being taken as part of a coordinated pan-Canadian response to the opioid crisis. 2017-06-12 PDF, 220 KB
Infographic Supervised consumption site: poster This poster shows the new simpler application process for supervised consumption sites. The poster tells applicants, communities and Canadians about the application process for each site. 2016-06-10 PDF,152 KB
Infographic Making urgently needed drugs available This poster outlines our public health emergency response to the opioid overdose crisis. 2017-06-27 PDF, 200 KB
Audio series
Type Title Description Published Date Format
Audio In Plain Sight In Plain Sight is a Health Canada audio series that explores the personal stories of people affected by the opioid crisis. 2019-05-09 MP3
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