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Alcohol & Other Drugs

A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.


Reprinted from "Opioids" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (3), p. 44

Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service

1-800-663-1441 or 604-660-9382 in the Lower Mainland

Free, multilingual and confidential help any time of day for any British Columbian seeking support, community resources, or treatment for any substance use concern. 

Stop Overdose BC

Learn how to have conversations about substance use, where to go for help, and how to recognize and respond to an overdose. You can also find more from Toward the Heart, where you can learn how to use naloxone, learn more about the take-home naloxone program, find a supervised consumption or harm reduction site, and learn more about reducing harm.

Learn About Opioids

Learn more about opioids, why people use opioids, when use might be a problem, and how to find help if you or a loved one is concerned about opioid use.

Patients Helping Patients Understand Opioid Substitution Treatment

This workbook from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, developed by people with experience using opioid substitution treatments, discusses different treatment options, how treatment works, what can help people achieve their goals in treatment, and more.  

A Public Health Guide to Developing a Community Overdose Response Plan

A tool to help communities assess and strengthen their capacity to respond to and prevent overdoses, address stigma, adopt health promotion practices, and improve community substance use services.

Coping Kit

A toolkit by From Grief to Action for parents of adult children who experience substance use problems. Find advice and support from parents who have been there, including how to build healthier communication skills, how to take care of yourself, and where to go for help.

Self-Management BC: Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

A free six-week workshop for British Columbians who experience chronic pain. Learn how to manage symptoms as well as the mental health impacts of pain, communicate effectively, use medications, live well, and make evidence-based care decisions.

OPEN Answers

Connect with others from around BC who are engaged in overdose response and prevention, share resources, and learn more about grant opportunities from the Community Action Initiative.

Understanding Addiction

This online course from the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division is designed for employees and volunteers who work directly or indirectly with people who use substances or experience an addiction. Learn more about how to work effectively and respectfully with people who experience addiction.

BC Centre on Substance Use

Find substance use research, training opportunities, guidance for care providers, and more.

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