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Health professionals and service providers have an important role to play in harm reduction. This area contains resources and other information to help those on the front line and beyond.

Alerts

  • Vancouver Coastal RADAR Alert - InSite - April 25th, 2018 April 26, 2018 • Posted by MK/SY/TG

    Insite has responded to 18 overdoses on April 24th and 25th.

    Staff are reporting increased severity of overdose.  

    Rigidity & slowing of heart has been observed and are responsive to Naloxone.

    Key Messages: 


    -don’t use alone
    -carry Naloxone
    -don’t mix substances, esp depressants
    -use SCS/OPS
    -stagger use
    -test doses

  • Campbell River Overdose Alert - April 20th, 2018April 20, 2018 • Posted by MK/SY

    Overdose Advisory
    There has been overdose deaths in
    Campbell River in the past 48hrs from
    injection and smoking of heroin!
    If SOMEONE OD’s
    Call 9-1-1 Right Away.
    Provide Rescue Breathing.
    Use Naloxone If You Have It.
    Strategies for safer use:
     New drugs - try a small amount first
     Avoid using alone, use with a friend
     Stagger your use with friends so someone can respond if needed
     Carry Naloxone and have an overdose response plan
     Go to the Overdose Prevention Site:
    1371 C Cedar Street, Campbell River

Information Sheets

  • Naloxone
      Busting Naloxone Myths

      Common myths about Naloxone are busted in this resource for harm reduction coordinators.

      Product Monograph - PDF

      This document contains product information about the naloxone dispensed by the BC Take Home Naloxone and Facility Overdose Response Box programs.

      Naloxone and Temperature - PDF

      This information provides information about naloxone exposure to heat and cold as well as storage temperature recommendations.

      Naloxone Use in Pregnancy - PDF

      Opioid overdose can cause anoxic brain damage and death. Administration of naloxone to a pregnant woman can save the lives of the mother and fetus. This information sheet addreses concerns about using naloxone in pregnancy.

      Naloxone Use in Children - PDF

      Death from unintentional drug overdose in children is preventable. Naloxone administration can save the life of a child and is safe. This information sheet addresses concerns about giving children naloxone.

  • Syringes
      Single Use Syringes - PDF

      This document addresses common concerns expressed in regards to the use of single-use syringes in the community.

      Distribution Vs Exchange - PDF

      This document summarizes why the BC Harm Reduction program follows a policy of needle distribution rather than one-for-one needle exchange.

  • Why Give Breaths?
      Why Give Breaths? - PDF

      Opioid overdose is one of a number of special situations where the American Heart Association recommends a different approach than only chest compressions. This information sheet provides information on the importance of giving breaths when responding to an opiod overdose.

  • Fentanyl
      Fentanyl & First Responders FAQ

      Some First Responders and Health Care Workers (HCWs) are understandably worried about the risk of being exposed to unsafe levels of fentanyl and other opioids as a part of their work. We know that this risk is very small. The following Qs & As will help answer specific concerns.

      Fentanyl-Induced Muscle Rigidity - PDF

      Fentanyl-induced muscle rigidity, also known as “chest wall rigidity” and "wooden chest syndrome" is a complication of intravenous injection of fentanyl that has been recognized in the induction of anesthesia in hospital populations. This document provides a background as well as recommendations for by-standers as well as recommendations for safer substance use.

      Fentanyl & Cannabis

      The media has reported public concerns about the potential for fentanyl being in cannabis products, such as however there have been no confirmed cases to date. There was a misunderstanding of a report by Masset RCMP that cited “concerns raised by community” but was not confirmed. This was unfortunately repeated by the BC Premier in November 2016 and subsequently refuted by police and health officials.

  • Overdose Survival Guide

Best Practice, Policies and Procedures

Reports and Research

Updates for Health Professionals