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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.


  • Fraser Health - Overdose Alert - AbbotsfordJanuary 31, 2019 • Posted by Emily O

    Overdose Alert - Abbotsford

    In the last 3 weeks there has been a significant increase in overdoses in Abbotsford.

    Increased overdoses that appear to be associated with pink/peachy or green colored down substances have been reported.

    Reports include:

    • Almost immediate loss of consciousness
    • High risk of overdose (OD) even from

    Please look out for each other.
     Where possible, don’t use alone – please use supervised services
     If you do use alone, make a plan to have someone check on you
     Stagger use with friends so someone can respond if needed
     Test by using small amounts first and go slowly
     Do not use with alcohol or other drugs

    Plan to survive, know how to respond to an overdose:

    If someone ODs, YOU can help!
    1) CALL 9-1-1 immediately
    2) Open airway and give BREATHS
    3) Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it


Information Sheets

  • Naloxone
      Naloxone FAQ

      This document addresses frequently asked questions related to the drug Naloxone, which is provided through the BCCDC's Take Home Naloxone program. 

      Busting Naloxone Myths

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

      Naloxone Pre-Loading Concerns

      This document addresses concerns with pre-loading naloxone into syringes for administration.

      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.

      Product Monograph - Teligent

      This document contains information about the naloxone manufactured by Teligent. This product is included in the BC Take Home Naloxone and Facility Overdose Response Box programs. This product does not contain a preservative.   

      Product Monograph - Sandoz

      This document contains information about the naloxone manufactured by Sandoz. This product is the secondary (back-up) product periodically included in the BC Take Home Naloxone and Facility Overdose Response Box programs. This product contains preservative. All sites will be notified if/when this product is used.

  • Fentanyl
      Fentanyl and First Responders

      This resource addresses common questions about the risk of fentanyl exposure to first responders and health care workers

      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.

  • 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.

      Additional Resources

      For further information regarding best practices related to needle distribution, safe needle disposal and community needle stick injuries, please refer to the Best Practice Recommendations and Guideline resources posted below.  

  • 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.

Best Practice, Policies and Procedures

Reports and Research

Updates for Health Professionals