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Canadian Best Practice Recommendations

We worked with a team of researchers, service providers and people with lived experience to develop comprehensive recommendations to ensure that people who use drugs have access to high-quality services that prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections.

Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program

Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids, such as heroin, methadone, and morphine.

BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help prevent overdoses and save lives.

Perceptions of People Who Smoke Crack Cocaine

This study explores the perceptions of persons who smoke crack cocaine in Vancouver regarding its use, effects and impacts on their health.

Perceptions of risk and suggestions related to harm reduction supplies and services are examined.

Health Effects from Tainted Cocaine

Cocaine in B.C. has been found to contain a substance called levamisole which can cause a condition called agranulocytosis that dramatically reduces white blood cells.

We are doing a study to find out more about it, and help doctors better treat patients after exposure.



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BC Take Home Naloxone program marks 2 year anniversary

August 26th, 2014

August 31, 2014, marks International Overdose Awareness Day and the anniversary of BC's Take Home Naloxone (THN) program. Being the only provincial program in Canada that has been in continuous operation for more than a year, the BC THN program aims to reduce harms and deaths due to opioid overdose. 

At 51 participating sites spread across all five regional health authorities, site staff provide training on how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including administering naloxone. Naloxone is a safe medication that restores breathing during an overdose event; it cannot be abused and has no effect in the absence of opioids.

The program has received reports of over 125 overdose reversals over the past 24 months. The evaluation of the program in its first year of implementation is now available here. Additional program stats can be viewed by clicking on the infographic.



Reduce Hard

About Us

The Harm Reduction Program is part of the BC Centre for Disease Control. We believe every person has the right to the best health possible and should be treated with dignity and respect.

We advocate for a community-based participatory model where patients are partners. We see ourselves as 'co-learners' meaning we understand that clients are the ‘experts’ with lived experiences and, to reciprocate, we are open and share our knowledge and our expertise. We believe in including people who use illegal drugs from across BC in policy decisions and program changes.

About Harm Reduction

Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high-risk behaviour. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.

The evidence shows it works and has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and communities.

Educate about Safer Sex


a) BC's Coroners Service warns of deaths related to illicit fentanyl use

b) BC Ministry of Health issues Information Bulletin regarding changes to Methadone Maintenance program 

c) CCENDU Alert on Illicit Fentanyl across Canada.

d) BC's provincial health officer warns about the dangers of Fentanyl. It's an increasing concern in BC.


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Jan 2015