There are many types of substances. Some examples include:
Caffeine: Many people enjoy coffee or caffeinated beverages. Like any substance, having too much can cause harmful side effects.
Tobacco: Smoking tobacco was once common, but there has been a steady decline in smoking in Canada. If you smoke, know about the health risks.
Alcohol: Alcohol can be part of daily life, culture, and tradition. If drinking affects your health, relationships or daily activities, you may want to change how you drink. Dependency on alcohol is when you physically or emotionally need alcohol to get you through your day. There are tips and guidelines to help you drink alcohol in a safer way.
Cannabis: Also known as marijuana, pot or weed, cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2018. Cannabis may be used for medical or non-medical purposes. Some people do experience harms from cannabis, which can include struggling with a cannabis use disorder or other challenges.
Medications: Some drugs are used to treat a range of health conditions. Taking medication in ways other than how it’s prescribed, or against recommendations, can be dangerous. Work with a doctor or pharmacist and learn how to safely store medications at home.
In BC, the illegal drug supply is extremely toxic and contaminated. A devastating number of people are losing their lives to overdose every month.
Fentanyl is an opioid that is stronger and more toxic than many other opioids. Fentanyl can be prescribed for chronic pain, but illicitly produced fentanyl has been responsible for a devastating number of lives lost since 2016.
If you use drugs, there are steps to stay safer and safe spaces you can use to reduce your risk of overdose. If you suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 right away.
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Available B.C. wide
Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service
211 British Columbia Services Society
Provides a free, confidential phone service for people throughout BC needing help with any kind of substance use concern. Offers information and referral to education and prevention resources, support groups, and a full range of counselling and treatment services. Not a clinical service.
Provides a free phone app that brings emergency responders to people who may be having an overdose on drugs while alone. Provided in partnership with regional health authorities and Lifeguard Digital Health.
The app is activated by the user before they take their dose. If the user doesn't hit a button after a set amount of time, a text-to-voice call will go to 9-1-1, alerting emergency medical dispatchers of a possible overdose.