The overdose crisis is an unprecedented public health emergency that has touched the lives of everyone in British Columbia.
People are dying every day, even as countless lives are saved by the heroic interventions of first responders, front-line workers, peers, friends and family.
People in B.C. expect an urgent, comprehensive response to this crisis – a response that includes prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment and recovery. That’s what we’re doing.
Stigma around addiction results in many people who use drugs to use alone and that’s a reality we must address.
BC is seeing an increase in overdose events and deaths since the implementation of stay at home measures.
Now more than ever, we are encouraging people to not use alone and to buddy up or access local overdose prevention services.
This is the latest tool in our toolbox to support people who use drugs alone and face the risk of overdose.
The App is an innovative approach to prevent overdoses and save lives, however it is not a silver bullet.
When it comes to the overdose crisis, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.