Find out how to stay safer when using drugs.
These tips will help prevent an overdose.
The unregulated drug supply in B.C. is unsafe right now. Here are some resources that are available to you when you are using.
Know the steps to take to prevent an overdose.
1. If you use alone
- Download the Lifeguard app – it’s quick, easy and can save your or someone else’s life. Available in Punjabi and French. When the language on your phone is switched to Punjabi or French, the app will automatically switch to Punjabi or French. Use your phone to scan the QR code and get the Lifeguard app.
- Download the Brave App – it anonymously connects you with an undisclosed community member if you use alone. Your identity stays secret, your data is not collected and you make your own game plan. Visit thebraveapp.com/ to learn more by watching the video and to download the app.
- Visit National Overdose Response Service (NORS), or call 1-888-688-NORS(6677).
2. Try to avoid using alone
- Tell someone before you use, leave the door unlocked and have someone check on you.
- When using with someone else, make a plan, don’t use at the same time, be sure your friend is willing to call for help and check-in on what each of you know about recognizing an overdose.
3. Know your tolerance
- Use less drug then before if: you are also taking certain prescription medications (they can impact the body’s ability to process the drugs) and/or you are using after a period of time of non-use (detox, abstinence, hospitalization, jail or new use).
4. Don't mix drugs
- Do not mix drugs and alcohol. If you do, use the drugs first before the alcohol. Mixing opioids with downers or opioids with uppers puts you at higher risk of overdose; try to take one thing at a time.
5. Know the quality of the drugs
6. Know your health and body
- If you have hepatitis or liver problems, breathing problems, lack of sleep, dehydration, or infections, they can put you at higher risk for overdose. Ensure to eat, drink water, sleep and see a doctor for infections or health concerns.
7. Learn more about naloxone
Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose. Naloxone is available free to people who use drugs and can be purchased at pharmacies for non-drug users. Learn more about where you can get naloxone.
To find a site closest to you, please visit the Toward the Heart site finder.
8. Text alert system
- Subscribe by texting JOIN to 253787.
- Text notifications will be sent to subscribers who want timely information about illicit substances and increases in toxic drug poisonings in their region. Learn more by visiting https://towardtheheart.com/alerts
- HealthLink BC: Be drug smart
Be drug smart if you are taking or planning on taking drugs, or know someone who takes drugs.
- Toward the Heart: Training and resources
Overdose prevention and response educational materials on how to use naloxone.
- Á:ylexw tel Th’á:lá - Calling of the Heart
A short film about the overdose crisis in Chilliwack