Overdose Prevention Information for First Nations

The overdose crisis in BC was declared a public emergency in April of 2016. Drug-related overdoses and deaths have become a very serious concern for First Nations and all BC residents. More than ever, it’s important to know how to prevent and respond to overdose.

Lethal Drugs are circulating in BC. Drugs like cocaine, crack, ecstasy, meth, and heroin can be cut with lethal drugs like fentanyl, carfentanil or W-18. People need to be aware that drugs they get from anywhere other than a pharmacy or a hospital may not be what the dealer says or believes they are.

Overdoses and overdose deaths are a pressing concern for all of us. If you or someone you love needs help, there are resources to support you.

Responding to the Overdose/Opioid Public Health Emergency for First Nations - A Framework for Action

A Framework for Action: Responding to the Overdose/Opioid Public Health Emergency for First Nations captures a system-wide response to slow and stop overdose. 

The Framework for Action is focused on the most urgent goal of preventing deaths while also supporting First Nations broader mental health and wellness goals. Slowing and stopping overdose is a shared responsibility, this Framework for Action is guided by Reciprocal Accountability and underpinned by our teachings of cultural safety. 

Implementation will be supported by continuous efforts to improve real-time data from communities and health data sources. 

The four goals are: 

1) Prevent people who overdose from dying

2) Keep people safer when using

3) Create an accessible range of treatment options  

4) Support people on their healing journey


Download the framework here (PDF 92 KB)


Please Note: The information and material here may trigger unpleasant feelings or thoughts. Please contact the 24 Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 if you require emotional support.