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
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.
It can be hard, but it's important to start a conversation with someone you love if you are concerned about their drug use.
Listen to In Plain Sight, an audio series that explores the personal stories of people affected by the opioid overdose crisis.
Get the facts about opioids and the overdose crisis.
Get help with substance use and addiction
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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