The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed a new online e-learning lesson outlining what to do if you witness or suspect an opioid overdose. Take the naloxone quick-learn lesson
About Harm Reduction
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.
A range of services is available to prevent harms from substance use. Some examples include:
- Overdose prevention and response training: Provide training and take home naloxone kits to reduce opioid overdose-related harms and deaths
- Impaired driving prevention campaigns: Create awareness of the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol and other legal or illegal substances
- Peer support programs: Groups for people who use substances – to improve their quality of life and to address gaps in services
- Needle distribution programs: Distribute clean needles and other harm reduction supplies and educate on their safe disposal
- Outreach and education: Make contact with people who use substances to encourage safer behaviour
- Substitution therapies: Substitute illegal heroin with legal, non-injection methadone or prescription heroin
- Supervised consumption facilities: Prevent overdose deaths and other harms by providing a safer, supervised environment for people using substances
Learn about the latest activities of the BCCDC Harm Reduction Program here.