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Information For Alerts and People Who Use Substances

This page contains important information about staying safe. Use this page for the latest on signing up for Toxic Drug and Public Health Alerts, as well as accessing overdose prevention and drug checking services in BC.

Alerts

  • Island Health - Drug Poisoning Overdose Advisory - Parksville/OceansideDecember 01, 2022 • Posted by Island Health

    ***Drug Poisoning Overdose Advisory - Parksville/Oceanside - Dec. 1, 2022***

    Island Health is issuing a drug poisoning overdose advisory for the Parksville/Oceanside communities. There are a number of elevated indicators related to drug poisonings that signal the need for this advisory. 

  • Interior Health - Drug Alert - Kelowna & VernonNovember 30, 2022 • Posted by Interior Health

    ***Drug Alert - Kelowna & Vernon - November 30, 2022***

    Interior Health has issued a drug alert after white/light pink powder sold as DOWN tested positive for high concentrations of fentanyl and bromazolam (10-20%), a very strong benzodiazepine, in Kelowna and Vernon.

     

  • Interior Health - Drug Alert - CranbrookNovember 30, 2022 • Posted by Interior Health

    ***Drug Alert - CRANBROOK - November 30, 2022***

    Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for CRANBROOK after a sample containing benzodiazepines and a higher than average concentration of fentanyl, analogue or both was tested at ANKORS. This is believed to be connected with multiple drug poisoning events in the community. There is a high risk of overdose and a high risk of fatal overdose. Using in the extreme cold increases risk for overdose.  

    Please ensure your clients are aware of safer drug use tips that can help prevent overdose as well as where they can access naloxone, drug checking and other overdose prevention services in your community. 

    No matter what or how you use (smoking, snorting, injecting) take steps to prevent overdose

    • Check your drugs before using! Whether using take home fentanyl testing strips or accessing FTIR technicians in your area, drug checking can inform you about what is in your drugs.
    • Crush your drugs into fine powder: Doing so reduces the chance of hot-spots, which are spikes of concentrated fentanyl in the dope.
    • Be a buddy: Help a friend by being around while they are using. Stagger use if you are using together.
    • Smoking is not safer than injecting, be cautious when smoking your drugs
    • Know the risks when mixing drugs
    • When using your substance start with a small amount, and then go slow.
    • Know the signs of an overdose and be prepared with naloxone.
    • If you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with 911 emergency responders if you overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.   

  • VCH - Drug Alert - VancouverNovember 28, 2022 • Posted by Vancouver Coastal Health

    ***Drug Alert - VANCOUVER - November 28, 2022***

    VCH is issuing a drug alert after white pressed oval pill with imprint “SS/20” sold as oxycodone tested positive for fentanyl and benzos in Vancouver.

    No matter what or how you use (smoking, snorting, injecting) take steps to prevent overdose:

    - Check your drugs: www.vch.ca/drugchecking 

    - Use at an OPS/SCS: www.vch.ca/overdose 

NEW! Toxic Drug and Health Alerts

    Send and receive Toxic Drug and Health Alerts by text.

    Toward the Heart and BCCDC have partnered with health authority and community partners to send anonymous toxic drug and health alerts by text in B.C.

    Toxic drug and health alerts is a free, real-time text messaging service for anyone to receive toxic drug alerts or share information about toxic drugs in their community. This service is anonymous.

    People can get other information by text message, like where to find naloxone or how to get drugs tested.

    Toxic drug and health alerts are currently available in Interior and Fraser Health Regions. This service will be expanded to other regions of the province.

    To sign up, text the word JOIN to 253787 (ALERTS).

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  • Instructions

      Send and receive Toxic Drug and Health Alerts by text

      To sign up, text the word JOIN to 253787 (ALERTS).

      When you sign up you’ll be asked which health region you want to get alerts for.  You can choose more than one region or sign up for the whole province.  To find out which health region you live in, look here.

      Once you’ve signed up, you can text the following words for more options:

      • MENU to see all the options and tools for this service
      • FIND to find harm reduction supplies
      • NARCAN to learn where naloxone kits are available
      • SAFE to find overdose prevention sites
      • TREAT to find substance use treatment and support services
      • OD to tell us about toxic drugs so we can warn others
      • MAP to confirm or change the area you want to receive alerts for
      • HELP (or AIDE) for help with this text service
      • STOP (or ARRET) to stop receiving texts from this number
      • START (or COMMENCER) to rejoin this service after texting STOP

      For more information about texting, read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Overdose Prevention Sites

Overdose Prevention Sites are locations where people can use illegal drugs under supervision by trained staff who can provide emergency response services if necessary. The Health Authority links below have the most current information.

Vancouver Coastal  |  Interior BC  |  Vancouver Island  |  Northern BC |  Fraser

Drug Checking Services

Drug checking services are now offered by a variety of harm reduction service providers across BC. The links below include the most current information. 

Vancouver Coastal  |  Interior BC  |  Vancouver Island  |  Northern BC |  Fraser

For more information and locations see: 

Find Overdose Prevention Sites

Choose "Overdose Prevention Site" from the supply options below.

Please enter a valid location or a known location that is near you.

Updates

Report Bad Dope (Greater Vancouver)

Report Bad Dope (Greater Vancouver)

Help warn people and save lives by filling in an anonymous form.

Prevent & Respond to Overdoses

Prevent & Respond to Overdoses

Know the risks, signs and responses for the different kinds of overdoses.

Safer Sex & Drug Use

Safer Sex & Drug Use

While nothing is completely safe, there are ways you can reduce your risk.