Canada’s opioid overdose crisis

The opioid overdose crisis is worsening during the COVID-19 pandemic with many communities across Canada reporting record numbers of opioid-related deaths, emergency calls and hospitalizations. We can all play a role in supporting those who use substances.

Stigma makes it harder to reach out for help

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We can make it easier for people to get support by letting them know they are not alone, and that substance use does not define who they are. Addiction is a treatable medical condition, not a choice.

Help end the stigma

How to talk to friends or family about drugs

It can be hard, but it's important to start a conversation with someone you love if you are concerned about their drug use.

Personal Stories

Listen to In Plain Sight, an audio series that explores the personal stories of people affected by the opioid overdose crisis.

Opioids and the opioid overdose crisis

Get the facts about opioids and the overdose crisis.

Get help with substance use and addiction

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Resources for substance use and addiction

Are you or someone you know struggling with addiction?

Find help near you

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Wellness Together Canada Portal

Get connected to free resources and counselling for mental health and substance use.

Access virtual support

Help prevent opioid overdoses

Opioids affect the part of your brain that controls your breathing. Strong opioids, like fentanyl, are contaminating the illegal drug supply and causing high rates of overdoses and death.

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How to respond to an overdose

Signs of an opioid overdose and what to do if you witness one.

Know more about overdose

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Naloxone - Save a life

Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn how to use naloxone and where to get it for free.

Learn about Naloxone

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Fentanyl - Know More

Fentanyl is a very potent opioid pain reliever and is contaminating Canada's illegal drug supply, causing increased overdoses.

Be aware of the risks

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Good Samaritan law

Witness an opioid overdose? The Good Samaritan law can protect you if you have taken drugs or have some with you.

Learn how this law protects you


Find posters, wallet cards, infographics and other resources on opioids.

Learn more

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