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.

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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.

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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

Explore real stories about the impacts of stigma on people struggling with addiction.

Opioids and the opioid overdose crisis

Get the facts about opioids and the overdose crisis.

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.

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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.

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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.

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